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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: Adrrana Ella <>
Reply-To: Adrrana Ella <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:46:02 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss.Adrrana ella

Hello Dear

name is Adrrana Ella,and I'm 22 years oldI girl my late father, Mr.
Koine Ella Daniel, who was mayor of the town of Cocody in Abidjan in
Ivory Coast and close to  former President Laurent Gbagbo, after the
capture of the former  president by the Rebel loyal to Mr .Allasane

father took us into exile in Ghana,one year after my father Mr. Tomba
seriously ill he was admitted to the  private clinic in Accra Ghana.
Before his death on 17 february 2012 in this private clinic, he called
me on his bed side in the hospital to inform me that he has a sum of $
11 million US (eleven million dollars USD) in a finance security company
here in Abidjan, and i am the next of king to the $11 million USD  and
he told me that I should find someone abroad of my choice who can help
me transfer  the fund and help me invest my money in a good business
that can fetch us money.

My father had left some instructions concerning the fund.

director told me that the money was intended to have a foreign partner
who will find my father has never
mentioned the name of the foreign partner to the company he was led to
believe that $ 11 million was to its associate and foreign partner
avoided that his money was frozen by the party in power today.
Please help me for the love of God,

Miss.Adrrana ella

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