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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: "Mrs. Adele Madou" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:10:40 +0000
Subject: Do you have time to due this for me?

Greetings my beloved,
Do you have time to due this for me?

I beg you with the name of god reply me immediately as soon as I receive your reply I will forward your informationís to the bank to transfer the money to you informationís ok my name is Mrs. Adele Madou, I have been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and my doctor says that I have just few days to leave. I am 53 years from France, but based in Cote d'Ivoire. I was married to late Paul Madou who was a contractor with the government of Cote d'Ivoire before he died after few days in the hospital.

I am a business woman dealing with cocoa exportation when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2.500 million dollars with a bank in Cote d'Ivoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire.
My doctor told me that it is very likely I will die within few days or months due to a blood cancer {lucamia}. I have decided to donate the money for charity to you since I do not have a child to inherit it and its better I do not die leaving the money here without it reaching to the poor and the
less privileged ones in the society. As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell my bank to transfer the money to you.

Informationís required from you are:
Your full name.________________________________
Your home or office addresses_____________________________
Your direct tell & faxį:___________________________________
With these informationís, I will forward them to the bank immediately for transferring of the funds to your position. Please always pray for me and let god give me more good health to stay in this world.

Please always pray for me soon I will be going for a heart operation. I pray and ask god for a divine favour I wish you the best of luck and a
happy and peaceful weekend.

God bless you and your family

Mrs. Adele Madou.

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