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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: Maggret Haussy <>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:57:55 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From: Mrs. Maggret Haussy & David .

From: Mrs. Maggret Haussy & David Junior.
Rue 12, Avenue 16 Agboville.
Abidjan - Cote D`Ivoire.
Date: March 2008.


My name is
Mrs. Maggret Haussy, a nationality of Ivory Cost. I am married to late Dr. Charles David Haussy, who worked with France Embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2003. We were married for twenty years with a child. My husband died after a brief illness that lasted for four days. Before his death, my husband deposited the sum of $5 Million with one of the banks here in Ivoiry Coast ( Cote D' Ivoire ).

Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem although what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I have resolved to entrust this money into your kind custody so that you will safeguard it for the benefit of my only son Charles and the humanitarian work which my late husband wished to carry out.You will use part of this fund to assist orphanages, research centres and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my son can not carryout this work. My late husband and I decided to use some of the money to work for God and live some for our son to have a better live. Our son is just 16 years old now and been grown up in Africa. I dont want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner hence the reason for
taking this bold decisionof contacting you and trusting in you.

I am not afraid of death because I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my cause and I shall hold my peace. I do not want your telephone communication in this regard because of my health conditon; my Doctor told me to avoid recieving telephone call and because of the presence of my family relatives who are always around me.You may call my son, his name is David Junior, on this Telephone number :+2209990244, Immediately you recieve this message because i have discussed this matter with him before writing you. I dont want any of my husband family relatives to recieve this money.

If you can handle this, reach me by sending the following informations now through this email account:

1- Your Name:
2- Postal Address:
3- Date of Birth:
4- Telephone and fax numbers:
5- Profession with position:

Expecting to hearing from you soonest and please treat this matter as private and confidential.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Mrs. Maggret Haussy.

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