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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: lez <>
Reply-To: lez <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:52:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re:/Good Day"

 Good Day,

Please I have a problem which I really need your urgent help I really believe that the lord who directed me to you can not lair to me,

However is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you I am Miss Leez Matthew I am 19 years old girl and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. and Mrs.Tobias Matthew My late father was a highly reputable business man (a cocoa merchant) he operated in the capital city of Ivory coast during his days My fathers died mysteriously in France during one of his business trips in abroad on 12th.Febuary 2011 in the time of a war in our country,

My mother died when I was just 4 years old on child birth according to what my late father told me, The time for her delivery was complete and the doctor did not know because according to my father the doctor told them that my mother was not going through labor because according to his own prediction my mother had about one month more to deliver. So before they realize she was on labor it has taken about two days and she became very weak and could not make it during child delivery. Since then my father took me so special.

Before his death on February 12/ 2011 which came to me as surprise I have stooped school because I cant afford to pay for my school fees anymore. why because the way my uncle I am living with is mad treating me very bad that is why I have to run away with the documents of this money for my life serve because there ready to kill me if any of them know that my late father have this kind of money, There is this Amount of Money Five Million Two Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars ($5,200,000.00) which my late Father Mr. Tobias Matthew kept for me in a security company here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire before he was assassinated because of his Cocoa Farm Plantation in Cote D'Ivoire.

I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside this country for security purposes. please I want you to help me rescue my life because where i am was not serve and the little money with money is about to finish, as I need this money to leave from this country because the money staying in the security company is not giving me any joy. I am explaining my condition to you because of the situation I am facing here in my uncle's house. My uncle don’t know that my father deposited this money in the security company, please I really need you to help me stand as my late father business panther in abroad,

I suppose to take the money by myself but my late father have made agreement with the security company that the money will be giving to me when I am 30years old or I come with a soon one that will help me to invest the money, please I really need your help please do this for me as you do this our almighty GOD will bless you, Please I really want you to help me receive this box from the security company for my investment purposes as MY late father advice me as his only daughter to look for a partner in abroad that can help me to invest this money

But the most important things I need from you is to promise me that you are not going to betray me at the last day why because I never do this business of transition before in my life so I will like you to promise me that you can never cheat me when this money get to your country that you are going to help me to invest the money to any good business which you know that it is very good for both of us

I am waiting to hear from you immediately so that I can be able to furnish you more information’s of this box with the contact information’s of the security company so that you can be in a position to contact them by yourself,

May our almighty God bless you with all your entire family?

>From Your sister in the lord.
Miss Leez Matthew

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