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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. Machiko Kumiko" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Machiko Kumiko" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:16:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your support is needed urgent.

Hello dear,

My name is Mrs. Machiko Kumiko. I am a 54years old middle aged Japanese woman, married to a French business man had two children but the two children and my husband died same day in a fatal ghastly motor accident, not long I was diagnosed of cancer of the breast but before this incident I was a successful business merchant and owned two businesses in Cote D'Ivoire and Dubai before I fell sick of cancer. Presently now I am sick but need you to help me to carry out my very last wish on earth before I die. 

My Doctor told me that I may not last for the next 3 Months due to the damage this cancer has done to my body, I have decided to entrust my entire fund (Eight Million Seven hundred thousand Dollar Only) USD$8.7m deposited with a Finance Firm in Cote D'Ivoire into your care. You are to use 30% of the above sum for your personal purpose and 70% will be used to set up a foundation to fund the needy. Please make sure that you use this fund to the glory of God, as this is a divine call to humanity, kindly get back to me to enable me request my lawyer to put your name as my new appointed beneficiary in my WILL. 

Please get back to me for more details as I have vital information for you, and hopefully you will assist in helping the needy in your society by retrieving the (USD$8.7m) which I deposited for the use of humanity which I want you to use it for humanity.
Mrs. Machiko Kumiko

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