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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: Nathalie <>
Reply-To: Nathalie <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:14:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Dearest Beloved in the lord,

My Dearest Beloved in the lord,
Read and Reply immediately.
I am Mrs.Nathalia Maurel from Ivory Coast.Married to Late Engr.Hunfrey Gorege Maurel,
who was a contractor with the Government of Cote D'Ivoire and a beverage food company owner before he died.
After his death i've managed the assets for two years up till now.
Presently my health conditions is badly detroriated by Blood cancer called(LUCAMIA)
which my doctor told me that it is very likely I will die within the next 3 months due to this Blood Cancer.
Now i've sold the beverage food company and raised the sum of $3.450.000Million US dollars.
(Three million four hundred and fifty thousand US dollars)
which i've decided to dontate this fund i raised for charity since i do not have a child
to inherit it other than to die and leave the money to no one.
I would want you to use this fund to help the poor and the less privileged in the society withing your reach .
As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell the bank where i deposited
the fund in there custody to transfer the money to you.
Please always pray for me and let God give me more Good health to stay in this World.
Mrs.Nathalia Maurel.

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