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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: Lily Wilson <>
Reply-To: Lily Wilson <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:27:53 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,
How are you
doing  today? Hope fine. I would like to use this opportunity to
introduce myself to you. I am Miss Lily Wilson, From Ivory Coast, West
Africa. And my late parents are Mr. and Mrs. Dikko Wilson my father was a
highly reputable business magnet who operated in Ivory Coast during his
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in
France  during one of his business trips abroad. Though his sudden death
was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of
his who traveled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My
mother died when I was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me
so special.
Before his death, he called me and informed me that
he has the sum of Four Million Five hundred thousand, United State
Dollar (USD$4.500,000.00) left in fixed deposit account in one of the
leading banks in Africa. He further told me that he deposited the money
in my
name, and also gave me all the necessary but legal documents to this fund with the bank.
am 23 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know
what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this
funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in
your country till such a time that it will be convenient for me to
return back home if I so desire.
The  death of my father
actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under
your care because I am ignorant of business world.  I am in a sincere
desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and
ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Kind Regards,
Miss Lily Wilson.

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