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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: alain calvin <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 20:03:24 +1000 (EST)
Subject: I need your help

From: alain,

Dearest One,
How are you and every members of your family hope fine Good a thing to write you. I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor we will in any manner compel you to honour against your will. Your profile pushed me to send you this mail, I am Alain Calvin 22 YRS OLD , the only son of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.George Clavin. My father was a highly reputable business magnet (a cocoa merchant) who operated through out West Africa during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips broad.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my father never hide anything from me.

Before he made the trip to france that lead to my misfortune (his death) He called me,explained to me the reason why he will make the trip and also told me that he has the sum of four million five hundred thousand United State Dollars(USD$4.500,000) deposited in one of the bank here in Abidjan Ivory coast West africa,which he disguised and ordering the transfer through a help of a foreign partner for the future of I and my younger brother. The deposit document which I have in my possession carries my late father's name as the depositor, while I'm the next of kin on the same document.

I am just a student university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. This is because we have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. we are in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.Now permit, me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me ?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account? Please Kindly consider this and get back to me as possible if you wish to help, please we sincerely in need of your urgent attention.
Thanks and God bless you,
Yours Sincerely

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