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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:36:50 +0900 (JST)

Good day and which i believe you will be of great assistants to me that will make the beginning of family relationship. I hope that this letter will not be an inconvenience or embarrassment to you. I must not hesitate to confide in you this simple and sincere business.

My name is Nancy Martins, I am 20 years of age, the only daughter of late Mr and Mrs Martins Mark of Republic of Sierra Leonia. My father before his death was a prosperous Cocoa and Gold merchant before his untimely death, after his business trip to Abidjan -Cote d'Ivoire, to negotiate on a Cocoa
and Gold business he wanted to invest in Abidjan - Coted'Ivoire. My mother died when I was little ,and since then my father took me so special.

I have USD9,700,000 (Nine Million seven hundred thousand United States dollars) which he deposited with my name in one of the leading security company here in Cote Diviore, for safe keeping. He packed the money into a trunk box and deposited it to the security company as family valuable and
personel effect, which the security company issued him certificate of deposit during the time of deposit. The security company did not know content of the box and i will never let them know. Because he decleared the box as family valuable to the security company. My late father wanted to use
these money for investment in Cote d'ivoire. After the burial of my late father i came down to Abidjan here in Cote D'iviore, to claim the money my late father kept in the security company in my name as the next of kin. But since then, i have not see any good person that will help me retrieve the
money from the security company because i'm afraid of people in this place.

And the normal option is for me to claim this fund out from the security company is to look for good people out side this country that will help me retrieve the money from the security company so that i will continue my education in your country. because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a
result of incessant political crisis here in Cote d'ivoire.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life,as i'm writing to you now i'm writing with tears and pains because i do not know what to do. All the documents regarding to the deposit of the fund that was given to me by my late father is intact with me.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regard . Please, i will like you to help me retrieve these money from the security company so that i will be out from this bad condition the death of my father have caused me into.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me.
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

please, consider this and get back to me as soon as posible.

Thank you so much and God bless you.

My sincere regards,

Miss Nancy Martins

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