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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:25:29 -0300
Subject: Greeting to you my dear

Hello dear good day i am victoria loba the only daughter of late MR SILVER LOBA, who died
in the fatal earthquake in China 11 March 2011.

Before his death he deposited 1.800,000,00.(one Million eight Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars), in one of the private security bank here in ivory coast with my name
But from my sincere heart i want to beleive and trust you,

I am VICTORIA LOBA  his only daughter i want you assist me to transfer this sum into your

intoyour bank account i dont know any other person to assist me in this transfer. I am
investing my trust in you, i will send you my photos as soon as i here from you.
Becouse the bank need me to pressent someone to repressent me in  transfering this sum for

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