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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: " Christel tenedja" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:17:30 -0700
Subject: Re Hello

I am Miss Christel tenedja the only Doughter of late Mr and Mrs Desire tenedja .i am signle never been married,

I am currently living in cote d' Ivoire for security of my life,I have some funds I inherited from my late loving father that was killed during the war in my country.

The amount is $26.000,000.00 which he deposited in united Bank here,I need an honest and trustworthy person that can help me take this fund out of the bank so that i can come over to your country for the investment of the money and also you help me invest it in a business adviced by you and 35% out of the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this work of God, i will be waiting for your urgent reply in my private Email so that i will send you more details and doccuments of this deposit,
Thanks Miss
Christel tenedja

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