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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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Fraud email example:

From: Agtha Agatha <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 06:48:40 -0800 (PST)


lovely one i am writting this letter with due respect and heart full of tears, since we have not known or met ourselves previously.

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going to business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. And i prayed over it and selected your name among other names believing that you are God Fearing person also hopen that you will hear the cry of an ORPHAN like me.

I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business which we must build trust before we proceed.

I am Miss Agatha Johnson the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs williams Johnson. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Bouake where he has a company and also in Abidjan the Economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was Poisoned to death by one of my Uncle who was his business associates on one of their outing for a business in a hotel on 30th June 2006.

While my mother died long ago on the 21st October 1984 in St, Peters General Hospital here in Abidjan when i was still a kid, my father took me so Special because I am her only Daughter.

Before the death of my father on 30th June 2006 in a private hospital here in Bouake. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $8.500.000 US (Eight Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a private Security company and the money is inside One Trunk Box Deposited as Family Valuable and Treasure save box here in Abidjan Ivory Coast.

My Dad told me that he used my name as the only Daughter for the next of kin in depositing the save trunk box Family valuable and treasure which the security company did not know the contents as money uptill date and you are the only one I am disclosing about it.

He also Explained to me that it was because of this Wealth and some huge amount of money my Uncle supposed to balance the company from the deal they heard together. That was the reason why my Uncle poisoned his only brother and now has power to inherit my Father wealth.

My late Father Adviced me to seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real Estate management and further my education in your country under your care).

Last week, i contacted the security company director who adviced me to provide my new appointed pertner to come so that they can make new changes of ownership to your name, So i want you to come and stand for me as my late Father foreign partner.

I am seeking your assistance in the following ways.

1) To make out time to visit the security company where the Trunk Box was deposited but if you can not come,that means we can use the security company attorney to get all the documents.
2) To serve as the guardian of this funds since I am a girl of 23 years and to assure me that I will be save when the money enters your care 3) To stay with you and continue my education while the fund will be invested.

Moreover Sir, I am willing to offer you 40% of the sum as compensation personal use for effort input effort after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate overseas.

Anticipating to hear from you soon as possible because i have made up my mind to move out with the funds to start my own life before my Uncle and the wife will kill me like they killed Father. Hopen to hear from you.Thanks.

Best Regards
Miss Agatha Johnson

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