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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: Mrs Edith r Abed <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:22:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: I wait for your urgent response

I wait for your urgent response
Dearest Beloved,

I am Mrs. Edith Rita Abed from Ivory Coast.I was married to Late Chief Mohammeda
Abed who was acontractor with the Government of Cote D'Ivoire before he died after few days in the hospital.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the of $4.500 Million Dollars with a Bank in Cote D’lvoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank here in Cote DIvoire. My Doctor told me that it is very likely I will die within  the next 3 months due to A Blood cancer {LUCAMIA}.  I have decided to donate the money for charity to you since I do not have a child to inherit it and it’s better I do not die leaving the money here
without it reaching to the poor and the lessprivileged ones in the society. As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell my bank to transfer the money to you.
Informations Required from you are: Your Full Name( .......................... )Your Direct Tel & Fax N°:( ......................, )Your Home & Office addresses(..............................)Your Bank Account( ..................) With these informations, I will forward them to the Bank for immediately transferring of the Funds to your Position. Please always pray for me and let
God give me more Good health to stay in this World.
Reply me
Mrs.Edith.R. Abed

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