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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: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:49:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From. Jean Tanoh.

>From Mr.Jean Tanoh
Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Kindly reply through my private email address

Dearest One,
Compliment of the day and how are you today I hope fine. Before I proceed I would wish to introduce myself to you. My name is Mr.Jean Tanoh a staff of one of the Commercial Banks in Cote D'Ivoire (IVOIRY COAST). I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I got your
contact from ( Worldwide companies directory), via our bank chamber of commerce directory.
On July th 2003, An oil consultant / contractor with the Cote D'Ivoire National Petrolum Corporation, MR KHALIFA RASAQ, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months valued at US$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million united states dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contact employers Cote D' Ivoire National Petroleum corporation, that MR KHALIFA RASAQ, died along with his family in autor crash.
On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that MR KHALIFA RASAQ, did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit
paperwork. This sum of US$8,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it.
According to the Ivoirian Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Cote D'Ivoire Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to MR KHALIFA RASAQ, so
that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
This is simple,
1)I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin to this fixed deposit.
2) We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting all the necessary documents in your favour for the transfer.
3. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary / next of kin of MR KHALIFA RASAQ. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 50% for you. There is no risk as all
the paper work for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as a staff of this department, guarantees the successful execution of this deal. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above or below. Upon your response, I shall then provide
you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the deal very well.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Mr.Jean Tanoh.

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