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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: Judy Robert <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:04:14 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: I need your help.

I need your help.

Permit me to inform you of my desire to go into business relationship

with you after going through your profile and I prayed over it and

selected your name among other names due to the nature of my proposal,

which requires a reputable and trustworthy person. Someone who will be

kind and sincere to me.

l am Judy Robert the only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robert.

My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan here, the

economic capital of Ivory Coast, he was poisoned to death by his only

brother (My Uncle) and his business associates on one of their business

meeting. My mother died on the 15th June 1991 and my father took me so

special because l am motherless.

Before the death of my father on 21st December 2008 in a private

hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bedside, when I

sat down to listen to him, he started crying, when I asked him 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$5.5 ,000,000.00(Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State

Dollars) left in a security company here in Abidjan, that he used my

name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposit of the funds

in the box.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was

poisoned by his only brother (My Uncle) and his business associates ,

that l should stay away from them as they are evil he warned me

seriously not associate with his brother that is my uncle, that I

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.

He also gave a standing instruction to the company that the deposit

must be transferred outside this country. According to my father, the

money was deposited as art works to avoid attracting attention to the


I am now ready to do all these since my father my bread winner is no

more. l am honorable seeking your assistance in the following ways.

(1) To serve as my guardian in your country while I will depend on your

expert advice since l am a girl of 22 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 in your country.

Moreover, l am willing to offer you 10% of the total sum as

compensation for your assistance in the transfer of this deposit 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 contacting the security company.

Hoping to hearing from you soon. May God bless you as you extend your

helping hand to the needy,

I wait your reply.

Judy Robert.

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