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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: "Mrs. Joyce Alison Cappello" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:01:06 +0000
Subject: Attention: Sir/Madam,

Attention: Sir/Madam,

I am Madam Joyce Alison Cappello,the fact
remains that we have never met before , but I want you to listen to the
voice from above which mandates me and you to look after the motherless,
war victims or less privileged children.

The widows and our
children who have abused their lives with all sorts of drugs are not
left out here and I believe if we have team up with one mind and pursue
them our reward will be from late husband Mr. Alexander
Cappello who worked with British Embassy in Ivory Coast for more than
25yrs before he met his sudden death although that our 35 years of
marriage did not produce any fruit of womb and now i am suffering from
cancer of leukemia which the doctors has confirmed to me that i will not
last long due to the last diagnoses result which i received right here
at the Hospital in Ivory Coast where i am been treated right now.

don't have the access of replying your mails as you may wish because I
am being assisted by the nurse here, but before providing other vital
details concerning this proposal , Now My late husband deposited one
trunk box of consignment which contains 5.5mEuros in a security Company,
as a family valuable before he died and now that the doctors has
confirmed to me that i have a short life of living hence we have no
child that will inherit the fund i decided to introduce you to the
security company where the consignment was deposited for claims and use
the fund to help less privileged homes where a lot of people are
suffering with different kinds of sickness ( EBOLA AND HIV AIDS VIRUS
DISEASE) as a promise which my late husband made before he died to help
the less privileged homes so that his spirit will be at rest.

ask any question on any area you require clarification before we move
into the introductory and documentary sections. I don't entertain bulky
mail, just go straight to the point. so that i will give you every
documents regarding to the consignment and order the security company to
send the consignment to you or you go for claims in their office.

I await your response for more details to be given to you.

Mrs. Joyce Alison Cappello.

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