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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Elodie Koue"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:48:17 +0100
Subject: (17/03/2016) From Miss Elodie

Greetings to you and also God be with you. I am writing this mail to you with heart full of tears and sorrow, I know that this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don't know me and I also do not know you but I believe in God that you will not fail me because I did not contact you by my power as I prayed that God will touch your heart and give you the grace to help me. My name is Miss Elodie koue, Permit me to inform you about this proposal i am the only daughter of late Our late father Mr. Cluade Koue, died and left me and my mother Mrs. Aicha Cluade Koue, I am 20 years old My late father Mr Cluade Koue, owns many companies before he died which he left for i and my mother Mrs. Aicha Cluade Koue.

Within a year of my father’s death, my Mother Mrs. Aicha Cluade Koue,was killed by hired killers, after my mother was killed my father’s lawyer called me to hand over my late father’s documents to me. After my father’s lawyer has handed over the documents to me, my uncle started demanding for the Documents of my late father’s wealth. And now called my father’s lawyer, he came and told my uncle that my father made a will that all his properties belong to his daughter. After my father’s lawyer have made that statement my uncle started fighting against me to an extend he went and arranged for the hired killers to kill me. The first time they came to our home and when I wasn't around, the two of my security men was shot before the police men came ,but to be God glory that i wasn't around, that is what made me to park out of the compound we thought it will be over that way but it continue happening and that makes me to stop going to school. Though we have not met with you before but we be
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Because i am are afraid let something not happen to me in school premises that is the reason why we contacted you as an honest person so that you can help me in transferring my late father’s money into your bank account. The said fund is ($7.500,000) Seven million five hundred thousand United State Dollars. US, has been deposited into one of the banks in Cote D’Ivoire. I will be grateful if can tell me that you will suit to you for helping me transferred this money in your accounts successfully and after transferring the money we can come over to your country and continue my education. Please do help me and God will bless you. Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you so much God be with you.
My sincere regards,
Miss Elodie

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