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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: Miss Mary Clement <>
Reply-To: Miss Mary Clement <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:09:26 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Dear Good Friend,

My Dear Good Friend,

I contacted you after so many fasting and prayers towards your profile in this sites and I choose you as a good & honest person, whom I can confide all my trust with in this urgent business transaction. Let me firstly introduce myself to you,

Miss. Mary Clement, I am 21 years old and am from Ivory Coast, Situated in West Africa. I am the only daughter of late Mr. Joseph Clement. My mother died when i was a kid and my late father is the owner of ADM COCOA INDUSTRIES. But he died recently.

He was poisoned by his brother and before his sudden death, He called me privately and told me of huge amount of money, which he deposited in a Bank here in my country with my name as the next of kin as her only daughter. Now, I am Orphan and I want you to help me in providing an account overseas, where this my total inherited funds of us ($7,500,000.00. Million United State Dollars) can be transferred into your account over there in your country and we will both use for my investment purposes together over there in your country.

Also you will advise me on a good and profitable investment, which I can set up in your country, after the successful transfer. Sincerely, I am willing to offer you 30% of this my total funds, as a reward for your assistance in helping me out. Not only that, you will also be my overseas guidance and take care of all the companies or any business venture, which we will set up in your country, For more details, if you are really interested to help me out in this assistance. In short, I am eagerly waiting to hear back from you soonest.

Thanks for your assistance hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Your new and lovely good friend,
From Miss Mary Clement.

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