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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: Mireille Kenneth <>
Reply-To: Mireille Kenneth <>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:41:30 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Compliments from Mireille

Hello Dear,
How is life been with you, i came across your contact while searching for candid relationship ,and other good business/investment which i want to
discuss with you, i have Six million Eight Hundred thousand dollars ($6.8 million dollars) which i want to invest in your country, i inherit the
money from my family, i will give you the details as soon as i read from you;

Meanwhile i am Mireille 23yrs old i am from Ivory Coast but i am currently staying in West Africa,i want you to know that life is all about
understanding ,open minded, trust and sincerity. I will tell you all about my self when i receive your response.
Regards, Mireille

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