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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: Esther & Jones Jomkoma <>
Reply-To: Esther & Jones Jomkoma <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:35:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Esther Jomkoma

From Miss Esther Jomkoma
Abidjan Cote de Ivoire
West Africa

Dearest one.

Good day and how are you together with your family?

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With
due respect trust and humanity, I know this mail will come to you as a
surprise since we haven't known or come across each other before,
considering the fact that I sourced your email contact through the
Internet in search of trusted person who can be trusted and assist us.

I am Miss Esther with my younger brother Jones Jomkoma. We are orphans,
being that we lost our parents during the political crises in this
country in the year 2010. The war has just started again, the whole
World knows about this news. Of which you can bear me witness if you
have been listening to BBC, CNN, CBS, FRANCE 24 and AFRICA 24, on
international news about Africa.

Our father was a serving
director general of SOTRA transports Cooperation until his death, a
government owned transportation in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

was assassinated by the rebel during the political crises in my
country. Before his death on December 2010, he called me and informed me
that he has the sum of Twelve Million, five hundred thousand dollars.
($12 , 500,000.00) left in one of the security centers here in the
country. He further told me that he deposited the money at the security
centre using my names and address as his
next of kin and beneficiary to the money. He also gave me all the
necessary but legal documents that cover this fund at the security

I am a university undergraduate and really don't know what
to do, because since the death of our father my brother and I stopped
schooling for security reasons.

Now I want an account overseas
where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I and my
younger brother will come and reside permanently in your country till
such a time that it will be convenient for us to handle the investment
by ourselves if I so desire.

This is because our lives are in
danger with the killings here and there in the city of Abidjan every
blessed day, and we have suffered a lot of setbacks as a result of
incessant political crisis her e in Ivory Coast.

The death of
our father actually brought sorrow to our lives. I also want to invest
the fund under your care because we our ignorant of business

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help us from your heart?

2. Can I completely trust you?

What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your account through your assistance?

consider this and get back to me as soon as possible, Immediately I
confirm your willingness, I will send to you in detail of the whole
information about the fund.

Kind Regards,
Miss Esther Jomkoma

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