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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: Miss Sarah Joseph <>
Reply-To: Miss Sarah Joseph <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:37:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Miss Sarah Joseph

 From Miss Sarah Joseph


How are you doing today ? I hope you are fine and healthy. Dear, now that I have confidence and trust in you, then l will be happy to request for your assistance and also to go into business partnership with you, I believe that you will not betrayed my trust which i am going to lay on you.

I am Miss Sarah Joseph, 26years old and the only daughter of my late parents MR.and MRS Paul. D. Joseph. My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days before joining politics as I told you and It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during the Rebel attacked him because his supporting the former President Laurent Gbagbo who is now facing judgement under United Nation custody.

Before his death my late father called me and told me that he has the sum of Six million five hundred thousand United State Dollars. (USD$6.5M) left in a secured known bank as even he know that his going to be killed.

I am just 26 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. Sir, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.

As a matter of fact you derived all the quality i need in man so feel free to send me an email so that i will tell you more about me and send you my picture or give me your email so that I will contact you directly so contact me on my email

Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can I completely trust you?

2. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you so much.

My sincere regards,
Miss Sarah Joseph

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