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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: Clement Egobia <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 23:58:06 +0100 (CET)
Subject: WITH TEARS FROM Clement

My name is Mr Clement Egobia twenty one years old looking for a trustworthy, sincere and honest someone who can help us in this time of needs.

My father is Dr Daniel Egobia, a man who deals more especially on diamond and ground nut in the republic of Cote d’Ivoire. During the civil and political crisis in our country, my parents together with my three sisters were poisoned by heartless elements that called themselves his business partners after returning from a business trip in Spain.

Fortunately for me and my younger sister, we were in our school when this tragedy took place to our family. We were in coma for almost two weeks. But I thank the almighty God because I never knew that I could support the shock of losing almost my whole family. That is by the way. Right now I am still here in Cote d’Ivoire with my only remaining sister but very unsafe for us. We are living in great fear and bondage. I intend leaving this country as soon as possible but only one thing kept me back. My late father has deposited with one of the prime bank the sum of money, $5.2Million USD, for onward transfer to any bank abroad
But unfortunately he did not complete the transaction before he died. I have all the documents concerns this money in the bank and receipt of deposit with which my late father made the deposit, we have mapped out 15% out of the total money for your help and assistance because it looks stupid for me trying to confide in a total stranger I never met before . By instinct I am convinced you are an honest person and you have the capacity to handle this transaction with me.

As soon as it is done, I will come over with my sister to meet you and spend the rest of our lives in your country. I wish to invest the money into estate business and other good business you may propose. I promise to greatly compensate you for any assistance you may offer us. I do not know how you may feel about this but I want you to take this very serious and confidential. Down here, I am living in fear because enemies of my parents are hunting for us.

Please let me know your mind concerning my proposal to you through my private email at

May God bless you.
with his loving arms
Clement Egobia

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