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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: "Mr. David Gbagbo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 16:04:48 -0000

Dear Sir,

I am David Gbagbo the third son of Mr Louren Gbagbo the president of Cote' D'ivoire here in West Africa. I am contacting you for an urgent business interest. I am sure that you are away of the problem now in our country Cote' D'ivoire where the Economic for west African country, African Union in collaboration with France military has forcefully removed from Office president Lourent Gbagbo,arrest my father our first son and my mother and declare his opponent Mr Allassan Ouatara the new president of Cote' D'ivoire.

I am contacting you because as matter of urgency need of moving out some money and 350kg of Gold kept in a private security company as our Family Treasure. I am inviting you as matter of urgent to assist me and receive this family treasure while in return I will meet with you for further investment in your father left some money and 350kg in a private security company as our Family Treasure which i am the only person that is aware of it as my name appear as the next of kin' and the whole documents and contacts is with me' because my father loves me very much that was why he gave me every information about that money.

Now I have called the private security company they told me that unless I have some body who will represent me with all the documents that is required' that they are not going to release the money. so this is why I am looking for whom will go for it' whom will be God fearing and trustworthy, you will have 20% of the total money for helping me in this regards and i have mapped out 10% for any expenses that might occur during the process of the transfer,so if you are interested in helping me' feel free to reply so you can go for it'

Please if there is any further discussion feel free to contact me through the phone number of our Reverend Father.
His Name is Reverend Father Adams Kuffor
He is the head of (CHRIST THE KING CHURCHES) please when you call him tell him that you wants to speak with Mr.David Gbagbo and he will send for me at the Boys hostel, thanks and be blessed as i am hoping to hear from you soonest.

I will give you more details with all documents of support as soon as you confirm your interest.

I will be looking forward to hear from you
Mr. David Gbagbo

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