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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:

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:37:24 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

With Respect,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business

relationship with you.I am Miss Cynthia Williams, the Only Daughter

of the late James Williams, my father was a gold and cocoa merchant based in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

I have the intention of investing this sum under your care and

supervision in your country with a percentage of 20% for your

assistance.I know this mail may come to you as a surprise,since we have not

known or written before.

Before his death, he called me bedside him and told me that he

has the sum of $6.500, 000USD deposited in one of the prime bank

here in Abidjan Ivory Coast, that he used my name being the only

Daughter as the next of kin in depositing of the money.

If you are willing to cooperate with me let me know so that I

will furnish you with more details on the next step for smooth

achievement of this risk free transaction.


Miss Cynthia Williams.

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