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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:24:01 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest One,

Dearest One,
How are you and your health that is very important to me? please i am not mandating you nor will I in any manner compel you to Honor against your will. my name is Karoline James, i am 19 years old and the only daughter and child of the (Late) parents late Mr and Mrs James. My Late father was a
very wealthy Cocoa Merchant based in Abidjan, the Economic Capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his Business Associates in connection with my uncle who was with him that day on the business outing to discuss on a business deal with some of his foreign business partner.

With bitter tears am typing this today,my heart is heavy of sadness and my soul is dying at my tender age of 19. My father was a very rich Cocoa Merchant here in Cote 'd'ivoire and he was a very popular man before he died, when he was about to die in the hospital he called me to his side
and told me that he deposited the some of (US 10.5m) Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars in a fixed /suspense account here in Abidjan cote d'ivoire in one of the leading bank and he also told me that he wanted me try all my best to transfer the money abroad and go there and
further my education because l am a very brilliant girl, and also because my life will be in great danger here at home because of his brother my uncle and people that plain poisoned him as the doctor told him.

He gave me the all the documents that cover the money. I am just 19 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. I have went to the bank to withdraw some from the money for my feeding but according to the bank director i need an oversea account where I can
transfer this money into and do some changing of account, because the money was deposited in a suspense account, i have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of political crisis here and family problems that make me to runaway from my late fathers house and hid in one local hotel for the safety
of my life from the hand of my wicked uncle that kill my father. I am in a sincere desire of your urgent assistance in this regards. please, your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

1) To provide a bank account where this money would be transferred.
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.

I am ready to give you 15% of the total money after the money has been successfully transfer in to your account in your country for your assistance and 5% for any expenses that you may do if any occur during the process of transfer. I believe that one day i will become a person in life if
you could help me out. Hoping to hear from you soonest.

Thanks And God Bless.

My sincere regards,

Karoline James

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