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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: annah <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:28:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hi Dear

Dearest One,

I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise because we do not know each other before, but I have my reason for contacting you believing God that this will usher in a long term relationship base on transparent honesty.

I am Miss Annah Richard, 20 years of age and contacting from Ivory Coast.. I am an orphan being that I lost my parents. My late father was a cocoa and timber merchant until his death.

He was assassinated by the enemies during the political crisis here. Before his death he made a deposit of Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$9,500,000.00) in a storage company here in Ivory Coast. This fund was meant for a purchase of a cocoa processing machine before
the war broke up.

Please, I am soliciting your assistance for the retrieval of this fund from the Storage Company and also safe-keep it in your country or any safer place of your choice pending when I will come over to meet with you for investment arrangements and also for the continuation of my education.

Kindly indicate your true willingness and capability of helping me out of this situation. I have resolved to give you 20% of the total sum and also you shall benefit from the investment.

Thanks and best regards.
Annah Richard.

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