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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: Mercy Dominic <>
Reply-To: Mercy Dominic <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:32:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: RE: Hello My Dear Parents,


RE: From Mercy Dominic. 

Thank you very much for your profile on the internet, which has made me to accomplish my request. As i am browsing the internet, i saw your profile which attracted my spirit that you can handle this transaction the way it will please Me, but i was very ill so i could not send you an email until now.
I am Mercy Dominic the only child of late Mr and Mrs William Dominic.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, 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 January 2013 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Four Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. USD $4.5m left in fixed / \suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my  names as his only child for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. That i should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where we shall transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management .

Dear, am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a good bank account into which this money would be transferred into . (2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 17 years old. (3) To make arrangement for me  to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, dear, i am willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.

Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as we believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me. Please contact me on my private email ( ) for more informations.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.
remain bless,
Yours Faithfully,
Mercy Dominic.

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