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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: "Aisha Haifa" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:36:06 +0200
Subject: Please kindly response to my mail immediately

*Dearest one,*

*I am Miss Aisha Haifa the only child/daughter of late Mrs Leena Haifa
Address: Rue 142 Marcory Abidjan Cote'd'ivoire west Africa*

*I am 20 years old girl. I lost my parent, and I have an inheritance from my
late mother,My parents were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when
they were alive, After the death of my father,long ago, my mother was
controlling his business until she was poisoned by her business associates
which she suffered and died,*

*Before the death of my mother on October 2004 in a private hospital here in
Coted'ivoire where she was admitted, she secretly called me on her bed side
and disclosed to me about the sum of Eight million five hundred US dollars
($8.5million ) she left in suspense account in one of the bank here in

*It was the money she intended to transfer oversea for investment before her
sudden death, She also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign
partner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money
in oversea account where the money will be save and invest wisely, Because
of the current political problem here in Ivory Coast I decided to transfer
the money to abroad where it will be save and invested,therefore, I am
crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:*

*(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be
transferred for investment,
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years old,
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.*

*I have decided to offer you 20% Of the total amount for your willingness
to help me,
Please kindly response to my mail immediately
Please reply to my private <>

*Best Regards,*

*Miss Aisha Haifa*

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