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Advance Fee Fraud E-mails (60)

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail seeking you to receive a large sum of money or be presented as the next of kin of a large fortune from someone you never heard of (especially if that person resides overseas), don't believe it.   This is almost certainly a scam where you will be asked to pay some type of fee before you can claim the money or you will be presented with a phony check and asked to return a share.  Don't be fooled by official looking documents as scammers make a living forging these things.  Also many scammers work in rings and have partners who may pose as lawyers, government officials, bank officials etc.  

If you get such an e-mail or you get one that is similar to one in our database, you should delete the letter.  Do not contact the person and especially do not give out personal information such as bank account information.  NEVER pay any fees of any kind.   Also, do not accept a check from this stranger and especially do not return a portion of the check .  If you are victimized by the fraud, there is not much that you can do. You may want to file a police report so that you can have a record of the loss (for tax reasons).  You can also notify the Secret Service about your loss.  You may want to visit other sites to learn more:


From: "Lucie Guessan" <>To: lucie9@yahoo.cnFrom : Lucie Guessan Abidjan, Ivory Coast West Africa.


Dear Friend,

Permit me to inform you of our desire of going into business relationship with you. I am quite aware that my message will come to you as a surprise because it is indeed very strange for someone you have not met before to contact you in this regard.I am able to come across your personal email and here is what i want me and you to delibrate on how we can get it out and then can be able to organise our future life. I am Lucie Guessan the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs Kamara Guessan. My father was a very wealthy Coccoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death at France by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip on 29 June 2006 My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ( Six Million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars) USD ($6.500.000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan,that he used my name as his only Daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate or hotel management. Please, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways: (1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20years. (2) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to (3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and also to secure a resident permit in your country. Moreover, I promise to offer you 15% of the total amount as compensation for your assistance, and another 3% to cover any cost of expenses which you will incure in this transaction, while the remaining one will be for me which shall be use for investment according to your advice because I will continue my educational carrier as soon as I come over to your country.

Furthermore, Pls indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be conclude within seven (7) days you signify your interest to assist me. I will like you to forward to me your full contact information so that i will give you more detail and contact of the ban that holding this money

Your full house addrees ........ Your phone / Fax number ....... Your full name ........

Thanks and God bless.

Yours Sincerely,

Lucie Guessan.

More Nigerian 419 examples can be found on the following pages: 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60


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