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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: "Mrs.hilda davis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 19:23:48 -0000
Subject: Re:Hello

My name is Mrs.hilda davis from Australia.i was working with UN in Germany before I am married to Dr.davis who worked with our Embassy in Ivory Coast
( Cote D'ivoire ) for a period of 8 years before he died . We were married for 12 years without a child before he died after a brief illness. Since his death I decided not to marry again When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$9.5m(Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United State dollars ) with a Bank in Cote D'ivoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank in Cote D'ivoire. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Four months due to cancer illness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to churchs, organisation or good person that will utilise this money the way I am going to instruct herein.I want you to use this money for churchs, Charity organisation, orphanages, widows and other people that are in need. l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money . Moreover, my husband relatives are not close to me since I devolop a Cancer problem and it hard been that they wish to see me dead in order to inherit this wealth since we have no Child. These people are not worthy of this inheritance. This is why I am taking this decision.

health. As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of the Bank in Cote d'ivoire where this money is deposited. I will also issue a letter of authorisation to the bank that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want you to always put me in prayer.30% of the total money will go for your own use with your family including the transfer expensese which you have to take care of that while the rest of 70% will go as i started,Please assure me that you will act accordinto my instructions,Hoping to receive your response soonest. Call with this number tell the doctor that you want to speak with hilda the seek woman,+22548735346
Thanks and Remain blessed .
Yours sister in the Lord

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