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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: stella Dennis <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 03:52:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Miss Stella Dennis,

Dearest one
I am Miss=A0Stella Dennis, the only child/daughter of late Mrs=A0Aisha Denn=
is. 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 contr=
oling his business untill she was poisoned by her business associates which=
she surffered 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 sid=
e and disclosed to me about the sum of Eight million five hundred US dollar=
s ($8.5million ) she left in suspense account in one of the bank here in Ab=
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 part=
ner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money in o=
versea account where the money will be save and invest wisely, Because of t=
he 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 a=
nd seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:=20
(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred=
=A0 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 e=
ducation and to secure a resident permit for me in your country,
I have decided to offer you 20% Of the total amount for your=A0 willingness=
to help me,=20
Please kindly response to my mail immediately=20
best regards
Miss=A0 Stella Dennis,=0A=0A=0A

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