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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 21:59:25 +0000

*Hi Mr.*
*GREETINGS, Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business
relationship with you.Dear, It is my great interest and the trust which I
have on you, though we have not met before, neither have we seen for the
first time, but before I pick up your name and write to you I prayed over it
that God should direct me to a trust woulthy and God fearing partner who
will help me out over my problem. For this permit me to go into business
relationship with you, since I have made up my mind to do this business with
*I got your name and contact from the Ivorian chambers of commerce and
industries i prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to
its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and
trust worthy person that i can do business with and by the recommendation .
I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I am Amina Ahmed ; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs Mohamed Ahmed.My
father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in and Gold producer here in
Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death
by his business associates on one of their outing to disccus on a business
deal. While my mother died on when am still a *** <>*,
my father took me so special because i am motherless.

Before the death of my father on 30th dec.2006 inprivate hospital here in
Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum
of $30.000.000 (Thirty Million US dollars) left in a security company
affliate Ivory coast and that he used my name as his only Daughter for the
next of kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was
because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates
supposed to balance him from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his
business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in
a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for
investment purpose, (such as real estate management)

Dear, i am honourably seeking for your assistance in the following ways.

1) To provide a copy of your identity.*
*2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 22 years.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a residentpermit in your country.
4)someone to trust for the safety of the fund.
Moreover dear, i am willing to offer you 25% of the sum as compensation for
effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate
account overseas.
Anticipating to hear from you soon. *

Thanks and God Bless.
Best regards
Amina Ahmed.*

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