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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: elizabeth_kabila <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:36:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs.Elizabeth


It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which my Son and I intend to establish in your country.

Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

There is this amount of Five million Three hundred thousand U.S dollars($5.300,000.00) which my late Husband kept for us with a bank here in Cote d'Ivoire before his death.

Now my son and I have decided to invest these money anywhere safe enough outside our Country for security and political reasons.
We want you to transfer and invest this fund in any lucrative business were tax will not take much tools.

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 8% of the total fund.

I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs.Elisabeth Kabila.

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