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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: Stella Kalou <>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 07:57:00 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello Dear!!!

Hello Dear,
I felt greatly impressed after going through your profile. I have taken my time to pray before I tell you about this. I know that this mail may come to you as surprise, but before that let me in intorduce myself in details. I am Miss Stella Kalou. The Daughter of Late Dr Johnson Kalou the former director general of Sierra-leone Gold and Diamond Corporation who was assassinated with my Mother by the rebels loyal to Foday Sankoh the (R U F) leader. I managed to escape my country to secure my life.

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I want to intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of Six million Five hundred Thousand U.S dollar ($6.5, 000,000.00) which my late Father kept with a top finance security company here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before he was assassinated by the Rebels. The money as he told me is neatly packed in a One Metallic Trunk Box deposited as family valuables

Now I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. I want you to help me stand as my guardian and foreign trustee; claim and retrieve this box from the Finance and Security Company and transfer the money into your personal account in your country for investment purposes.

If you can be of an assistance to me I will be pleased to offer to you 20% of the total fund. Again, I don't want this to get to the knowledge of my late Father family members because this is the only thing remaining for me as they have seized all other properties leaving me empty handed. But we trust that with God all things are possible and if the security company releases the consignment to you, my suffering will come to an end. I have all the documents which the company issued to my late Father when he made the deposit.

I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,
Mis Stella Kalou.

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