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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: Agatha Ng <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 22:58:20 +0200 (CEST)


I know this is not the right place for me to contact you on business such as this but due to the condition I found myself now. I'm Agatha Nguesan (single) (21 yrs) daughter to late Dr. Habert Nguesan a former president Cote d'ivoire Farmers Association in San-pedro, Bouaké Town Community Leader Traditional Chief) and also C.E.O Alpha Group of Companies San-Pedro
before he was killed by Government Soldiers after he was wrongfully accused of inancially supporting the Movement for party democratic of Cote d'ivoire PDCI(R.D.A) Party of which the RDA party Chairman Henri Konan Bedie happen to be a cousin to my father.However, before the death of my father, he deposited US$11.5m with a Financial Institution . He actually made me his next of kin. Since am a girl and too young to control my father wealth.

I deem it necessary to contact you if you can be the BENEFICIARY nominated to help me clear the cash from the Financial Institution.(SECURITY FIRM) Presently, I'm in ABOSSO Cote d'ivoire / Ghana seeking refugee status after the death of my father all of his properties were seized and account frozen and also twice my life is in danger. If you are willing to assist me, kindly mail me back immediately. Upon your response I will proceed forward.
Waiting for your response.

Miss.Agatha Nguessan

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