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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: kate bakou <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:53:15 +0200
Subject: From: Kate Bakou.

From: Kate Bakou.
Abidjan Cote D'ivoire West Africa.

Hotel De La Grace

Telephone 00225 0526 7088

Good Day,

I wish to solicit your help in migrating to your country and investing my funds. My name is Kate Bakou I am the son of late Mr and Mrs Bakou, Before the death of My father he was a big exporter of Cocoa and coffee in Cote D'ivoire. My father and my mother was killed by the rebels group in Cote D'ivoire.

Before the death of My father he give me a secret concerning a deposit he made in bank in Abidjan West Africa. He deposit the sum of US$10.million dollars in my name.

My fathers relatives made some attempts on my life in order to inherite my fathers wealth. Due to this attitude of my father's relatives, I decided to run to Abidjan where i am presently living in a hotel.

Among the valuables was a file that contained details of the deposit my late father made with the bank in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire

I am sincerely solicit your assistance to help me move the moeny for investment in your country. Your reward for the assistance your are to render to me is negotiable.Reply to this Email address: []

Remain Blessed
Kate Bakou.

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