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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:31:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello

poisoned him acording to the doctors report.

He also and told me that he kept a sum of $10.500 000 dollar in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire,and used my name as the next of kin in depositing of the fund,he also explained to me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business partner and his brother my uncle, that i should
seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose.

The following are what I want you to do for me.

1)To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.

2)To serve as the guardian of these fund,since i am 19 years old girl.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to

procure me a residential permit in your country.I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund to your nominated account overseas.Pleasei will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded as soon as
posible so that i can come over to your country and start my new life and also finish my education, I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possiblen please reply me back to my private email

May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me Amen.

Anne Kouadio

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