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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: Keita <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:01:46 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I am contacting you based on trust and confidentiality

I know this letter will reach you as a surprise, for the simple fact that we did ever met. Rest assured because these are good intentions.
I am contacting you based on trust and confidentiality hoping that you will keep this as a top secret or not be alarmed surprised.
I am Mrs. Miriam Keita. Director in the Department of Accounting and Auditing a BANK in Cote D'Ivoire. During my research at the bank, I found a tremendous amount of Five million five hundred thousand American dollars (US5.5M) that was deposited in an account since 1999.
>From extensive research, the results showed that the bottom has been filed by a foreigner who died in a plane crash in 2003 in Cotonou, Benin to Beirut in Lebanon.
And since then, his account has been no claim of any person, is to this end I humbly solicit your assistance and cooperation to introduce you to BIAO (International Bank of West Africa Cote d'Ivoire) as an Associate Business of the deceased customer late Mr. KARIM AMINE accordance with statute and rules of procedure.
Be sure that all procedures will be monitored by me here until you réceptionniez these funds into your bank account.

Now, let me ask some questions.
Can I completely trust you?
Can you guarantee the confidentiality of this transaction?
The bank must not know of my participation in this transaction with you, I must serve you monitor, you provide all the information about the deceased in case the bank would ask you question about the deceased.
We will share this fortune as follows: 45% for you, 5% for all expenditures made during this transfer and 50% for me.
Rest assured that this transfer is safe, 100%, because I made all the arrangements for its smooth running and know that we will proceed legally and transparently.
I plan within 11 working days to bring the bank to transfer this fund into your bank account.
In addition, this transaction should be treated with strict confidentiality for the simple reason that I am still in service.
If you are interested in this case, give me an answer so I send you more details on its progress.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Very fraternally,
Mrs Miriam Ketia

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