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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: "tem_keita004" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:59:39 +0000
Subject: Hi Dear

*From Miss Tema Keita.
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire
West Africa*
* *
* *
*Hi *
* *
*I am Miss Tema Keita the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs. James
Keita. My father was a highly reputable business magnate who operated in the
capital of Ivory coast during his days.

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in Dubai during one of his
business trips abroad on the 5th May 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. But God knows the truth! My mother died
when I was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me so special.*

*Before his death on 5th May 2007, he informed me that he has the sum
of Five Million, Seven Hundred thousand United State
Dollars.(USD$5,700,000.00)left in fixed deposit account in the Bank. He
further told me that he deposited the money in my name, and also gave me all
the necessary but legal documents to this fund with the bank.

I am just 19 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know
what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds
and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country
till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I
so desire.*
* *
*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. I also want to invest the fund under your care
because I am ignorant of business world.*

*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 you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your account?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I
confirm your willingness, I will inform you more details involved in this

My Regards,
Miss Tema Keita.*

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