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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: "george daniels" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:37:42 -0700
Subject: From George and Suzan Daniels/Appeal for Assistance.

From George and Suzan Daniels/Appeal for Assistance.


We are George and Suzan Daniels from Sierra Leone.We are writing you
from Rep of Cote 'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the
brutal war and murder of our perants by the rebels during the renewed
fighting in our country. Because of the war our late Father sold his
shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he
deposited US$10, 500, 000.00 Million in his foreign account with one of
the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire Pls, we need your help and due to the
courrent political sutuation in Ivory Coast we are seeking for your
assistance to transfer this Money and also relocate to your country to
further our study and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum
for your help. Please, for more discussion or contact us on this
+22508581109 or e-mail addresse for more details.

Best Regards
George and Suzan Daniels.

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