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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: Darlington Lamine <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:56:55 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Darlington lamine.

I know that you will be very suprise to receive this letter,it is true that we have not meet each other face to face before, but it was due to my situation that made me to contact you for help.I am Darlington Lamine from Ivory Coast,I am the son of late King Cyril Lamine who was assasinated in cold blood on the 10th of November 2010 by unknown hired armed gang at his palace.

My late father was a Cocoa,Gold and Diamond merchant,he was the Managing director and general overseer of Ivory Coast cocoa,Gold mine untill his death.But before the sudden death of my father,he made it known to me being the only survival son that he deposited the sum of $12.5million US Dollars in a bank.

I ran away from our family house and I am presently hiding in a hotel for the security of my life,because my late father's extended family members always threaten to kill me and finally they seized every of my late father's valuable properties.

I am contacting you so that you will stand as my late father's foreign business partner in abroad to enable the bank transfer the funds as the true beneficiary of of the funds.I will want you to help me invest the money in your country,after the bank transfers the funds to your account,you will help me to come over to your country to stay with you for the rest of my life and for the investment of your choice while I will continue my education.

I will offer you 10% of the total money for your assistance and the rest will be for the investment.Hoping to read from you soonest.

Darlington lamine.

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