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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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Fraud email example:

From: g_komo <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 05:46:48 +0900 (JST)

>From Abigail Komo
Avenue 16 Rue 13
Treichville Abidjan,
Ivory coast

I am pleased seek your indulgence to solicit for your assistance concerning the
content of my mail, although I am not comfortable discussing it this means
due to lots of unsolicited mails on the internet presently, but I have no
other medium to do so right now since the situation of my health is

My name is Abigail Komo, 22 years old and the only child of my late parents, Mr and Mrs James Komo. My late father was a highly reputable business merchant in a cocoa who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days. I got your information while browsing through Internet in search for a
reliable/honest person who could be of help.

Unfortunately I loosed my father mysteriously,He died in France during one of his business trips abroad. though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle , who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth.

My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my late father took me so special. Before his death on Octomber 2008 he called the secretary who
accompanied him in hospital and told him to call me, on my arrival to the hospital my father told me that he deposited the sum of Ten million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. ($10,500,000.00 USD) left in suspense account in one of the leading bank in Africa.

My father also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business ssociates 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 or hotel
Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set back as a result of family enemity and incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Dear, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.

(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

(4) Your home and office address, including your home and office phone and fax numbers so that i can take it to the bank for the transfer.

Dear, i am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within
four days you signify interest to assist me.

Now permit me to ask these few question:

1.Can you honestly help me as your new family.
2.Can I completely trust you.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Best regards,
Abigail Komo

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