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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: "J Hipni" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:15:16 +0000
Subject: Please reply !

Dear Friend,

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. I am Dr.Jeremy Hipni from UAE . A
Consultant/contractor with Ivory Coast Solid Mineral Corporation. I have
been diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due
to my laxity in carrying for my health. It has defiled all forms of
medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to
medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone not even myself but my business. I was never generous, I was always
hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I
cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to
life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I
believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live
my life a different way from how I have lived it.

Now that God! Has called me, I have willed and given most of my properties
and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a
few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and
so, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succour
and comfort to the less privileged in our societies, as I want this to be
one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations/less
privileged ones in the Ivory Coast, Sudan and Bangladesh. Now that my health
has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self anymore. I once asked
members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money
which I have there to charity organization and the less privileged once in
Myanmar and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence,
I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I
have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars $7.300,000,00
that I concealed in one metallic trunk box Lodged in a Diplomatic & Security
Underwriters in Ivory Coast. I would want you to reach the security company
on my behalf to retrieve the metallic truck and subsequently request for the
shipment of the Trunk box to your place without you going down there , then
after which disbursement of funds to charity organization and the less
privileged once is entirely up to your discretion. send me a mail to
indicate if you can take up this Task. (


Dr. J Hipni

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