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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: "From Seha Philbert" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:55:25 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: From seha philbert

>From Seha Philbert

Good day and how are you?

Firstly, I will like to introduce myself properly to you. My name is Seha
Philbert, the only Son of Late Seha Djaya Paul from Republic of Cote
D'Ivoire, (Ivory Coast).

I know it is normal and natural for you to wonder why I contacted for
assistance in this transaction when we have not met each other before, I
am pleading that you bepatient with me because I have no choice than to do
what I am doing now sinceit is the only way out of this problem I found
myself based on the fact that most times in life,

One must confide in another Person to survive, I there for edecided to
contact you to find a solution to my problem irrespective of the fact that
we never knew each other, please do not misunderstand me since a journey
of hundred miles starts with a step,

I am therefore begging you to accept me with an open heart and mind, it is
the situation I found myself that made me to contact you and ask for your
assistance.I am contacting you to assist me transfer the Sum of
US$9,500.000.00, I inherited from my Late Father which he made from the
sale of Crude Oil Business for investment in your Company under your
Management while I continue my education because my education stopped
abruptly due to the death of my Father. My mother died aftergiving birth
to me, so I never knew my mother. Behold, my only hope and couragein life
which was my father was brutally killed by unknown assasins.

Many thanks to you if you can help me as I would compensate you with a
good percentage of the money which is negotiable after the money has been
successfully transferred and confirmed in your account.

Thanks and God bless you as i wait for your urgent respond ,


Seha Philbert

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