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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: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 23:26:27 +0900 (JST)

Dear Respectful one,
I know this proposal proposal may come to you as a surprise considering the fact that we have not meet or talk before .

However, I will like you to read this proposal carefully and give it an urgent attention because of the situation of this country where I am now and the fact that the security of my live and possession is at stake. There is a political problem going on here between the government and the rebels

This is the most reason why I want you to pay attention to this my proposal in other to assist me and get my inheritance out from this place and assist me to invest it in your country.
I am Awa the only Daugther of late Mr. and Mrs. Keita Alassane.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on November 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of seven million, five hundred thousand united state dollars (USD.7,500,000) depsited in one of the Security Finance Company here in Abidjan
,that he used my name as his only Daugther for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund as faily valuables. so because of the political problem here now that cost the death of many people since 19th september 2002 here cote d'ivoire, then i decided to seek for a foreign partner who will help
me to get the consignment out of my country for investment purpose under his care since i am a girl also ignorant of investment.

Please I know that this proposal may sound strange and incredible to you but the CNN and the BBC African bulletin normally have it as their major news features.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a look foreign partner in a country of my choice who will assist me for investment purpose.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1)To stand as my late father's foreign partner before the security company.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 21years.
(3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful clearing of the fund from the security company.
Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bles
Best regards,
Miss Awa Alassane.

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