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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: Lucy Akanki <>
Reply-To: Lucy Akanki <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 02:54:22 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Can I trust you?

Can I trust you?
Attention: Sir/Madam,  
Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction and please accept my apology for sending you this sensitive information via mail without meeting you in person, this is due to the urgency and importance of the matter at hand. I am Miss Akanki Lucy the only daughter of Late Mr. & Mrs Michel Akanki who was a famous cocoa merchant based here in Abidjan the Economic capital of Ivory Coast ( Cote D'ivoire) Writing to seek your highly esteemed help/consent in a lasting Business relationship of mutual benefit involving $4.5 Million USD for investment in your company/country under a joint venture partnership, this is a very safe and risk-free involvement. For details of the transaction and source of fund contact reply for more information waiting for your earliest response.
Miss. Akanki Lucy

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