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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: rallier arkiddy <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:14:22 +0900 (JST)
Subject: i am Rallier

i am Rallier

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, i read your profile at i like it, I am Ms Rallier Arkidy 19yrs the only child of Late Mr. & Mrs. Uzoh Arkidy.. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of
Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip .

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on Feb. 2007 in a private hospital here he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of four million two hundred thausand dollar.($4.2Million) USD left in fixed /
suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only Daugher for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business ssociates.

(1) To provide a bank account which this money will be transferred into .

(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19years.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, Dear, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account

my private Email is

i am waiting to hear from you,


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