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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: lea boufone <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 08:11:19 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Miss Lea Boufone.

>From Miss Lea Boufone.
Ivory Coast,
Good day,
I am Miss Lea Boufone a 20yrs old girl, a daughter of late Mr& Mrs Hlppolyte Boufone.My father was a very wealthy business man here in Abidjan.He was killed by a group of armed robbers that invaded our residence.I was already aware of an amount(USD$5.5M)deposited in his account in a bank,which was one of the armed robbers'target.Please,I want you to assist me to transfer the money into your account for an investment in your country while I continue my education.
Please,kindly reply for more details  my private email address.(
Thanks and God bless,
Miss Lea Boufone.

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