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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: Stephy Achitah <>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:08:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello My Dear, I have good news for you.

 Hello My Dear, I have good news for you.

How are you doing today? Hope fine. I hope that this message will find you in better mood. I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Venezuela. Presently I am in Venezuela now for investment projects with my own share of the total sum and to continue my education here no matter that this place is not my choice but I have no option. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those fund despite that it failed us somehow due to some circumstances beyond you.

Now contact my Revrend in Cote d’Ivoire, Rev. Felix Dugan on his direct email and phone number.

Contact Person: Rev. Felix Dugan
Tel: +225 66 08 75 58.
OFFICE ADDRESS: Abidjan Cote D`Ivoire.

Ask him to send you the total sum of $180,000.00 Cheque which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this regards. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in touched with the Rev. Felix Dugan and instruct him on how to send the Cheque to you.

It is from my widow`s mind and would want you to accept it with all your heart not withstanding that I found someone else for the conclusion of the transfer. It really pain me a lot for not concluding this transaction with you to go into business transaction with you together and be under your care because that were my mind and heart but I am assuring you that I will try and visit you one day to cheer this joy together with you to celebrate the good work in my life after yrs of difficulties. Please I will want you to feel free to contact him on reception of this message and get back to me as soon as you successfully received this cheque because I know it will help you a great deal now.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the cheque so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time. At the moment I am too busy here because of the investment projects which I have at hand with my partner in Venezuela and to build charity organization.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to him on your behalf to receive that Cheque so feel free to get in touch with Rev. Felix Dugan he will send the amount to you without any delay. I may not be able to reply your entire message in time for i am very busy with my new partner for an investment purpose. Please make sure that you give 10% of this fund to the charity home of your choice, don`t fail to do that because is very important to give thanks to God.

Thanks and remain blessed.
Sincerely Yours,

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