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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: joy leon <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:16:15 +0000


I call for business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from Ivoirien charmber of information and I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I am Miss Joy Leon the only daughter of Late Mr.and Mrs.Robert Leon . My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast , my father was poisoned to death 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 specially. Before the death of my father on December 2007 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me hat he has the sum of Nine million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($9.500,000.00) which he deposited in a Bank here in ivory coast which he used my name as his only daughter and as the next of Kin in depositing the fund.He also explained to me that it was because of his wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management orhotel management.

Dear, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am 21 years.
(2) 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, dear I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of thisfund into your nominated account overseas.

I am anxiously waiting for your reply. Please contact me through my private
Thank you and God bless you.
My sincere regards,
Joy Leon

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