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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: "Fatim Fadika" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:55:26 +0900 (KST)
Subject: =?utf-8?B?77u/77u/RnJvbTogTWlzcyBNYWgtRmF0aW0gRWRpdGggRmFkaWth?=

From: Miss Mah-Fatim Edith Fadika
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa

Good day,
I bless you with the love of God. My name is Miss Mah-Fatim Edith Fadika from Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. I wish to invest in your country with my inherited funds amount Six million, five hundred thousand Dollars ( USD$ 6.500,000.00 ) which my late father left in a bank before his death. This fund was deposited by my late father who died in a fire burning accident in his gas supplying company in my country Cote d'Ivoire, My father was taken to General hospital in Cote d'Ivoire for treatment were he later died after two weeks, Before the death of my father in the hospital, he called me and told me about the money he deposited in the bank.
I am seeking for your help as my foreign partner to transfer this funds into your account for an investments such as real estate and hotel managements in your country, all documents covering this funds is with me.

NOTE: you are the only one who knows about this transaction so please keep it to your self alone. I have set aside 15% for your assistance and 5% for any expenses that will be incurred during the transaction. I will want you to send to me your direct telephone number for easy communication.

Thank you for your understanding.
Best Regard.
Miss Mah-Fatim Edith Fadika

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