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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:

Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 01:49:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I need your help please

From:Serge Kuye
Address: Rue commerce Treach Ville ,
Abidjan.01 Bp 1548 Abj Cote D'Ivoire.

Dear Sir,
My name is Serge Kuye 19"yrs of age, (SCGH Eng& Science).My fathers was assassinated by the rebels leader following the political uprising in Cote D' Ivoire.Before his death he had an outlet foreign account in a bank here in Côte d´Ivoire up to the tune of $3.500.000.00 Million dollars for importation of cocoa processing machine.I am seeking for a foreign partner assistance who will help me to invest this money in a good profitable business vanture overseas.You should note that Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.Please assure me that you will do as I have Stated. Hoping to receive your reply soon.Serge Kuye . (SSGH Eng)

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