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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: Nona Deboh <>
Reply-To: Nona Deboh <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:16:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Nona Deboh.

>From Miss Nona Deboh.
Permit me to inform you of my 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 Miss Nona Deboh 25years and the only Child of late Chief Daniel Deboh.. 
My father was a very wealthy Gold and Cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the 
economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, my father was poisoned to death by his 
business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so 
special. Before the death of my father on 10th January 2014 in a private 
hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me 
that he has the sum of (USD2.5million) left in fixed / suspense account in 
one of the  bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as her only 
child 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.

So, i will like you to help me claim the fund befor it will be late.


Miss Nona Deboh.

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