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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: "Akaa Samuel" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 05:34:29 -0700
Subject: THANKS


Feel not embarrase of my contacting you or soliciting your assistance in investing some of our secured resources After the political problem in my country that claimed many of my family members and properties, I have decided to invest the fund i
could hold to escape, that is our family fund in your country in a secured and profitable investment.

Can you be of help?The fund is presently in one of the African countries but because of instability in Africa ,i will be glad if you could suggest to me any country of your chioce so that the fund could be safely delivered to your custody . The amount is only 5.5 million dollars(five million five hundred thousand dollars) I am from the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa, my Son Kiki and I ran to the Ghana for security reasons during that political mess killings. I am the owner of a gold mining and cocoa export company in cote d'ivoire but everything now is shattered .I know with your sincere cooperation

,I will continue to live.

Akaa Samuel

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