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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: Mlle AKPA LOUISE <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 21:15:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Sister in the Lord of Jesus

Hello ,
How are you? Well I think it! I am excuse of this intrusion but I come by this email to entrust a subject to you which is expensive and confidential for me. All access I had after long prayers time to reflect before entrusting this business to you. I have a proposal to make you; of this fact I
make a point of explaining you the nature of my problem. Frankly, I do not make a point of obtaining a help on condition or to oblige you to help me. I make a point of saying to you that nothing obliges you to honour this business, but if God carries out our wishes and that you help us to
regulate our problem you will have saved us.
My Name is Miss AKA KPOGAN LOUISE, I am the girl of Mr. And Mrs. AKAKPOGAN both of Togolese and Of the Ivory Coast but who this world are not today unfortunately more. I am orphan and I am in company of my young old brother of 22ans .My father was honourable Walking of Diamond Gross collected on
mines extractions of Our country Togo and also actuated in the trade of the coffee and the Cocoa on the zone of West Africa (Ivory Coast). My mother died when I had only 11 years with the birth of my young brother since we grew especially with our father until arrival of the war in Ivory Coast .
Following many escapades we took refuge in the province of the borders of Ghana . My father was seriously wounded and died in the night of Saturday February 9, 2002 at the time an attack in our district, This night there, he explained me he deposited the sum of USD " $16.800.000 " (sixteen
million, eight hundred miles American dollars) in liquid he had taken the precaution to keep them in a box and entrusted to an agency of safety and had named heiress. He deposited the box as goods of values and treasures family and kept the privilege of the secrecy of his contents for safety
reasons and not to attract attention of the malevolent people who will be ready to make us evil to obtain her funds. Of this fact safety in question arranges does not know the contents of the box. My father indicated me a secret place which we had together where I found an envelope in which he
very explained and where I had the documents of deposit of the box in addition addresses of safety arranges where the box was deposited here in Ivory Coast . I fled towards Ghana with my 22 years old brother only. We hid there during two years to make us forget, for our own security because those
which had attacked our village were with our research. I have about thirty year and I live actually in Ivory Coast in Abidjan with my young brother since July 5, 2004 in the will to withdraw my box and its contents to invest them. But as of our arrival here there were the crisis and safety in
question arranges informed us that our parcel accumulated expenses for its guard which we must regulate before the shrinking of the box. But us planes more money to regulate these expenses because had we to survive just enough, moreover what we had the expenses of did not reach; arranges. I
require a help of your share for to help me to withdraw our box of this agency and to put our funds in safety. Then to help us to come to join you on your premise in your country to help us to invest them because we are alone and in financial problems thus I need your moral support and your
assistance. I ask you for Your humble comprehension and your wisdom, to help us to leave our problem because Frankly I ask you for this help with all the fear and certain doubts for this reason I would like that you answer me sincerely and that you me known as if you tighten in the possibility of
helping us to withdraw our parcel with your sincerity and your honesty. I wait to read again you but I would not take a negative answer badly and I would understand very well, also offer your assistance of the bottom of the heart. Then I make a point of posing to you with this few questions:
1) Can sincerely help us in a frank and honest way to leave our problem as your brother and a sister?
2) Then I to trust you completely and to have your discretion for the safety of our box and its contents?
3) How much percentage will be suitable for you, your efforts and your assistance towards us once the box will be in your possession?
Please you like it consider this and give us a frank and sincere answer. To help us as your brother and a sister because we are orphan and us let us have more anybody on this ground.
That God blesses you.
I wait to read again you.
Miss Louise.

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