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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:

From: Allthings are possible <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:26:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dont Delay In Ur Reply Please

Dearest one,
My name is Mrs Barakisa Fanta, I was born in Kuwait. I am married to Mr. Koro worked with Kuwait embassy in Cote d'Ivoire for nine years before he died in the year 2010.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which he Bible is against.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $4.Million in a Bank here in cote d'ivoire and recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to cancer of the lever and stroke.

Presently this money is still in the Bank, having known my condition I am in need your assistance and I want you to utilize this fund as I will instruct below.

I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late husband to help Lessprivilaged people, orphanages, widows and propagating the word of God, I took this decision because I dont have any child that will inherit this fund, And I dont want in away where this money will be used in an ungodly way.

This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this fund to you, I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going, I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming cancer surgery.

I want you to contact this nurse as stated below;

Miss Martine Soma Tehoua
Address: Rue de gabon, Avenue 12,
Marcory, Abidjan 12, Cote d'Ivoire.

She will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to the lawyer that I have appointed for this matter; the lawyer will assist you to change the documents of the money to your name to enable the bank transfer the money to you.

This is the favor I need when you have gotten the money:-

(1) Give 10% of the money to Ms Martine Soma Tehoua as she has been there for me throughout my illness and I have promised to support her in life, therefore you will take her as my daughter.

(2) Give 70% of the money to Charity organizations, Orphanage homes and Churches on my name so that my soul may rest in peace.

The remaining 20% should be for you and others that you would love to assist.
May God bless you and use you to accomplish my wish.
Pray for me always.
Mrs. Barakisa Fanta

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