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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: kadia dabi <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:41:16 +0200

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Dear Sir/Madam ,

My name is Miss Kadia Dabi from Abidjan Ivory Coast. I am a 19 years old
girl.My father Mr Abard Dabi died on January 15th 2012 after being involved
in a motor accident.Before my father died in the hospital while taking
treatment, he told me that there is three million united states
dollars(US3,000,000.00) he has in a bank here in Abidjan Cote Ivoire.

He said that the money was meant for establishing his business in Abidjan
Ivory Coast. Though, according to my father he deposited the money in his
own name and mentioned me in the documents as the next of kin .Before
hisdeath he advised me to seek for a trust worthy person abroad who will
help me invest and manage this money for me until i am capable to handle
it. Now I have succeeded in locating the bank in Abidjan and also confirmed
the money is in there confidentiality.

But the bank said from the agreement my father has with them that i can
only claim the money when i am up to 25 years. And if i am not up to that
age, i should present a guardian who will help me in receiving the money
and for investment purposes in his or her country. Now I am seeking for
your assistance to help me transfer out this money from this bank he
deposited it to your account so that you can be able to manage and invest
it in any good business in your country. I will come over to your country
once the transfer is completed.

I will give you 10% of the money once the transfer is completed. What the
bank will need from you for the process of the transfer is your Bank
address. The said you can open a new account if you can not send the
account you are already using. They will also need your direct telephone
number and your occupation.

Please write me back today if you are interested in helping me.

Miss Kadia Dabi.

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