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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: Mariet Cisse <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:47:19 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: HELLO

Dearest Respectful One.

I am writing you this message with tears and sorrow of what political crisis has caused to me and please for God’s sake I want you to consider this my proposition and rescue me out of this critical condition that I am facing here because my life is at stake in this country
My name is Miss Mariet Cisse 19 years of age and the only child of late Mr. & Mrs.Edward Cisse.We are from Duekoue town being the highest Cocoa producing town in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)here but lives in Abidjan the economic capital of the country.

My late father use to be one of the famous and wealthy Cocoa producers here before he was shut with my mother on the 4th March 2011 in our house by the rebels loyal to Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara because my late father use to be a well known supporter of the ex arrested president Mr. Laurent Gbagbo, oh may their gentle souls rest in peace
My parents were shut by the rebels right in my present in our house by 2:30 pm after we took our lunch together and decided to take some rest. My mother died instant while my father died in the hospital where he was rushed to after 48 hours. Before my father finally gave up the ghost he secretly told me that there is an amount of U$3,500,000,00(Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) which he left in a suspense account in a bank here in Abidjan with my name as the next of kin of the deposit of the fund.

He gave me an outstanding instruction that incase if he did not survive the situation that I should without delay seek for a God fearing person abroad who can assist me to claim the fund from the bank here and get the money lodged into his or her account and the person must help me to come over his or her country to establish a new life and further my study.

He also invited the bank manager and introduced me to him and instructed him that they should transfer the fund to any foreign account that I may provide to them if he did not survive and the banker agreed with him. My late father has been buried on the 28th of April and considering the killing of innocent people by the supporters of the arrested ex president Mr. Laurent Gbagbo the security of life and properties are no longer guaranteed in this country
For this reason I seek your assistance in transferring of the fund from the bank here to your account and help me to come over your country to establish new life and further my study while you invest the money in a lucrative business in your country. Please your kind assistance in highly needed in transferring of this fund to your account as I have decided to offer you 15% of the total sum for your kind assistance in getting the money transferred to your account and 5% aside which will cover any incident expenses that may be incurred during the process of transferring of the fund to your account.

I will be sending you the deposit documents of the fund that my late father handed to me for your perusal as soon as I receives your positive response of your assistance to me in this regards.God bless you as you extends your helping hand to a needy fellow like me.

Miss. Mariet Cisse.

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