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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: "missvivian mohammed" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:12:05 +0100

*From: Miss. vivian Mohammed
Rue 18 Ave.13, Marcory Abidjan
Ivory Coast, West Africa
Tel: +225-07 53 16 03

Dear Beloved One,*

*With due respect and humility I write you this letter, which I believe you
be of great assistance to me.*

*I am by name vivian Mohammed, the only daughter of the late Mr. Wanga Y.
Mohammed Jr. of the blessed memory. Prior to my father's death during his
business trip, he was a Cocoa and Café Merchant here in Cote D`Ivory.

Few days before my father's death, he asked me to go in his underground
strong room
where the documents of a certain fund he has deposited in a security company
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire in one trunk Box as family valuables and treasures
with his name as the depositor. He also advised me to make sure that I
invested the fund in a lucrative venture after I claimed it, the amount is
US$4.800.00 (Four Million Eight hundred thousand United States Dollars.

I am now looking for a trustworthy and God fearing person who will support
me to claim the consignment (Fund) from the concerned Security Firm and at
the same time lead me to handle this money for rapid profit for my future.
For your information, the security company did not know the real content of
the box and we do not wish them to know until the money is transferred to
your account. It was deposited and declared by my late father as family
valuables and treasures.

Meanwhile, I want to leave Côte D` Ivoire entirely for investment of this
money in your country and I will like you to please assist me to claim the
box from the security company and also deposit the money in a local account
there in your name and onward transfer of the money to your account in your
country as my foreign guardian partner.

I have it in mind to reward you with a certain percentage for your
assistance as soon as we hear from you. *

*Do not hesitate to email me back immediately you receive this letter to
enable us proceed in Ernest towards retrieving the box and transferring of
the money into your account.

Finally, please ensure that no one else knows about this money as it is only
I and you know *

*about this money.*

* *

*Thanks in advance for your assistance to me.*
*Yours Faithfully.

Miss.vivian Mohammed*

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