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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: ivert adu <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 05:04:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Mrs ivert Adun.

FromMrs ivert Adun.
Dear one in the Lord,

I am the above mentioned person from Ivory Coast.I am the wife of late Mr Tony Adun, who before his death on sptember 19th 2002, in the civil war. He was a hard working cocoa farmer for 75 years and also an exporters of cocoa, both of us were born-again christians when my husband was alive. We had a child for our 30 years of marriage.

After the death of my husband,his relatives advised me to get married to one of them because I am looking very young which i refused and for that reason they created enmity between me and the whole of the family.

My late husband before his death he deposited the sum of ($1.9million dollars) with a security company here in Ivory Coast, during the political crisis the security company now liffited the consignment to their affilated security company in Europe and my son appears as the next of kin. But the family are trying to under rating him.

I am suffering from cancer, due to my critical condition now that is the reason why I am asking for your assistance.

Please,I hope you will grant and view this very request with favour and much understanding of our situation now,and I will be a very honest and reliable person to deal with.

I wait for your urgent response as soon as you read this very request.

Thanking you remain bleesed.

Best Regards,

Mrs ivert Adun.

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