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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: Yapi Samson <>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:22:35 +0100
Subject: Please reply back to me immediately

Please reply me today immediately


I am Samson Yapi,the only surviving child of late Mr Desire Asségnini
Yapi, The former Interior minister in Laurent Gbagbo's government,my
late father, Desire Asségnini died of shrapnel wounds sustained when
members of the Republican Forces stormed the presidential palace to
arrest Mr.Gbagbo on April 12, 2011. You can find out this on the web
page Ivory Coast arrest of the former president Laurent Gbagbo was the acting Minister of Interior in the government that was formed following that agreement before his appointment in the aftermath of the 28 November postelection crisis as the general secretary of the

I want to transfer this my inheritance, left in a fixed/ suspense
Account in one of the Prime banks here by my late father into any of
your account in your country or you open a new account for the
transfer.According to the bank i am the only person that can direct
them on where and when to make the transfer.I am looking for a God
fearing person to help me.I want to transfer this money out from this
country and use it for investment purpose such as Real Estate
management and relocate to your country to continue my education.I am
honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:-

1) To serve as my guardian and provide account where the bank can
transfer this my inhertance.

2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further
my education.

3) To help me invest the money in a profitable ventures.

I am prepared to give you 25% percentage of the total amount,as
commission for assisting me.
I will be waiting for your urgent response for more details.

Remain blessed
Yapi Samson

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