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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:00:03 +0200
Subject: From Ms Vivian Drogba

From Ms Vivian Drogba
12 BP 4010 Abidjan 12
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
West Africa.
Pls reply me through my private e-mail address
Dearest One,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business
relationship with you. I am quite aware that my message will come to you
as a surprise because it is indeed very strange for someone you have not
met before to contact you in this regard.
l am Ms Vivian Drogba, the only daughter of late Chief and Mrs Bamba
Drogba, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan here, the
economic capital of Ivory Coast, he was poisoned to death by his
business associates on one of their business meeting. My mother died on
the 20th January 1996 and my father took me so special because l am
Before the death of my father on 27th January 2012 in a private
hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me at his bedside, when I
sat down to listen to him, he started crying, why? (1) He complained
that I am too young to be managing my life with no one to take care of
me, (2)That I have not finished my university education as he planned
for me, he revealed to me that he has a sum of US$7,500.000.(SEVEN
finance firm here in Abidjan, that he used my name as the only daughter
for his next of kin in deposit of the consignment.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisioned by his business associates out of wickedness and envy , that l
should seek for a GOD fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice
where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment
purpose ,that I must finish my university education by the help of a
business partner abroad,that he or she should help me obtain a resident
permit in his or her country. Please, I am now ready to do all these
since my father my bread winner is no more. l am honourable seeking your
assistance in the following ways.

(1) To serve as my guardian in your country while I will depend on your
expert advise since l am only 20 years.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country in order to
further my university education and to secure a residential permit for
me inyour country.

Moreover, l am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as
compensation for your assistance in the transfer of this consignment to
your country. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as l believed that this project would be concluded within
seven days you signify interest to assist me by standing by me as my
foreign trustee / guardian.
Hoping to hear from you soon. May God bless you as you as you extend
your helping hand to an orphan.

Best wishes
Ms Vivian Drogba.

Pls reply me through my private e-mail address

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