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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 21:50:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent call from Ms Vivian Danjuma

Cocody Cit & # 233;s des Arts,
Abidjan-Cote D'Ivoire.


I am happy to request for your assistance and also to go into business partnership with you, i believe that you will not betaryed my trust which i am going to lay on you.

I am Ms Vivian danjuma,20 Years old and the only daughter of my late parents Chief and Mrs Danjuma Danjum Nicolas. My father was a highly reputable busnness magnet-(a cocoa merchant)who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in
France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2007.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.

My mother died when I was just 6 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on Febuary 12 2007 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of (Five Million four hundred thousand United State Dollars)USD$5.4 Million
left in a security company in a mettalic trunk box, but the security company didn't know the content because it was registered as family valuables personal for security reasons. I am just 20 Years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.

This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. Sir,I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can I completely trust you as the new benificary of this fund?
2. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?
3.Can you help me to further my Education your Country in a good university?
4.Can you help me to secured a resdence permite in your Country and to invest this money in a good business with out betrayal?

I am puthing all my trust on you, Waiting to hear from you as soon as I hear from you I will send to you all the Documents issured to my later father when he deposited this Consignment to the Security Company here in Abidjan.

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Your Sincerely

Ms Vivian Danjuma.

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