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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: Prisca Mathieu <>
Reply-To: Prisca Mathieu <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:09:41 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Investment fellowship from prisca mathieu

Investment fellowship from prisca mathieu

It is my pleasure to write you after consideration, since i cannot be able to see you face to face, at first; please i need your help. i am miss prisca mathieu. the only daughter of late mr. lambert mathieu, from cote d'ivoire . my father deposited the sum of ($6,800,000.00) in a bank here in cote d'ivoire before his death, he used my name as his next of kin and the inheritor to the money after his death, he left a will with the bank that restrained me from accessing the money here unless transferred overseas for investment purpose.
now i am seeking for your hand in partnership for life time investment abroad with the money. please reply back to me so that i will give you more details and we discuss how we are going to work it out to favor you and me too in the future.


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