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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: "abu khalf" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 14:27:13 +0100
Subject: With Respect

*With Respect
From:Abu Khalf.
cocody Abidjan
Cote d'Ivoire,*

My name is Abu Khalf, the only son to Late Major Issa Khalf, who was the
managing director of Issamoore Inc, in Bourke - Cote d'Ivoire before
rebels fighting the present government of Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
confiscated every belongings of individuals in the Town.

My intention of contacting you now is to help in standing as my late
father's business partner who will apply for the release of a trunk box
that he deposited with a security company head office here in Cote d'Ivoire
before his sudden death on the 28th of December 2005. My dear, before
death of my father, he instructed the security company to ship the trunk box
to their office in Europe for security purposes because of the political
crises in my country by then.

One secret I want to disclose to you is that, this trunk box is containing
25.5 million American dollars but my father did not disclose it to the
security company on the day of deposit. This company charged him (my father)
for un-inspection of his consignment, which he paid. Now, only God, you and
I that knows about the real contains of this trunk box, none of the company
workers knows about the money, since my father registered the deposit of his
trunk box as Family Valuables.

*Dear, I want you to make me a promise that you will not betray my trust in
you because immediately this trunk box is out from the security company to
your hand, everything concerning the investment of the money will be under
your control, while I will be facing my education because my father used to
advice me that education is very important in life.

Can you be trusted in this transaction? Are you capable of handling this
huge amount of money into a lucrative investment line without any mistake?
Can you welcome an orphan like me who have come for your help? Without
wasting time, I will like you to understand that I have make up my mind to
give you 18% of this money, 2% to cover any expenses that may arise in this
transaction since I am ignorance of this kind of transaction and the
security company operational manager here in their head office said that,
they can not release my late father's deposit just like that without proper
legal documentation that will back up the claims by my father's associate
hence he (my father) is dead, 20% for my re-settlement in your country,
while the balance of 60% will stand for our joint business investment that
will be in your control.

I will be waiting for your quick reply after carefully going through my
proposal for your confirmation of your answer to my request.*

* *

*Best regards,
Abu Khalf.

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