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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:

Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:26:08 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Mrs Sali Quattara..................I Need Your Help Please.

From : Mrs Sali Guei ,
Bp 12 Rue Avenue 1023 Marcory ,
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire .
Dear Respectful one,
I am totally convinced to write you in reference of the transfer of ( USD$ ) to your Account for onward investment (industries) in your country. Though we have not meet before but I strongly believe that one has to confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.
There is this amount of Six Million Dollars only (USD $6.000, 000.00) which my late Husband (Late Dr Guei  ) deposited in Ecobank Abidjan cote d' ivoire through my Name as the next of kin here for me in a and storage firm here in Abidjan before he was assassinated by some unknown hoodlums in on going political war here .
Because of my cancer together recent political / civil war eructed here, I decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.

I want you to help me to transfer this Fund to your country for investment.
If you can be of assistance to me, I will be pleased to offer to you the 40% Of this totally Fund (indicated above).
Further details will be made known to you on confirmation of your interest to assist me .
Will you please email me with this address :-

I am waiting to hear your favourable answer.
Thank and God bless you.
Mrs Sali Guei .

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