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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: Brigitte Jacques <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:24:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Brigitte Jacques.

Dearest One,

I am Ms.Brigitte Jacques 21years old, the only Daughter of Dr. Engr Coulibally Jacques from Cote d'Ivoire. I am an Orphan being that I lost my Parents. My Father was a Director General of Ghanaian Mines and Industry also the C.E.O, Diamond Groupe Drilling Company based in Abidjan, Cote
D'ivoire, for 11yrs until his death in the year 2007.

My father was assassinated along side with my younger brother while i was at school, on February 12, 2007 by the rebels following the political uprising in the country.

Before his death he made a deposit of Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousands Euros ( 4,700.000) in one of the leading Bank here in Cote D'ivoire.This fund he intended to use establishing his own business.

I want you to help me in transferring this fund from the bank here to your bank account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary and recipient of the fund while i still remain the next of kin.

I am seeking for your assistance in the following ways:

1. To serve as the beneficiary of this fund since i am the next of kin
2. Can i completely trust you?

Moreover, i am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund to your country overseas.

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real Estate, Industrial production etc. Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in replying soonest.

Thanks and best regards.

Ms. Brigitte Jacques.

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