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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: "alex" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 04:14:24 +0100
Subject: Good Day,

I am Alexandra Tagro 22 years old from Ivory Coast's, the daughter of Late Desire Tagro. My late father was the former interior minister of Ivory Coast, he died a day after he was arrested during the final collapse of former President Laurent Gbagbo's government. You can read more about my father in the link below.

There is this huge amount of US$ 20.2 million (TWENTY MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) which my late father Deposited for me in one of the leading Bank in Ghana before he was arrested and killed by pro-Ouattara forces.

Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere save enough for security and political reasons. I want you to help me claim and transfer this fund from the Bank and Transfer it into your personal account or any account of your choice in your country for investment purposes on profitable ventures. You will also help me in getting my papers to travel to your country and continue my education there, while you help me invest my money until I finish my education.

Since the management of the bank advice that I should solicit for an individual or corporate organization to claim the Fund for me as they cannot release

it directly to me due to my refugee status in Ghana.

Conclusively I wish you send me a reply immediately you receive this proposal on my private Email: for more details.

Respectfully yours,
Alexandra Tagro

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