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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: Lillian Ketu <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:00:41 +0200
Subject: I am waiting for your reply.


I am Lillian Ketu from Ivory Coast. I am 26 years old, a student. I lost my parents during the political crisis in my country.

My late father was the owner of EPC Company in Ivory Coast, the company whose focus is on the upstream Oil & Gas market. The company was sold after he was confirmed dead by my late father family members with the sense that the tradition doesn`t give female child right to inherit the father`s properties, and even his lawyer betrayed me.

luckily for me as God have his own plans for my life, they couldn’t discover where I kept my father’s file which contains important documents of his deposited money sum of US$8,700,000.00.which my father used my name to deposit with one of the leading financial bank here in Burkina Faso. So I quickly escape to this country since they are after my own life and nowhere is safe for me to stay over there. I am in this country today by the grace of God. Now I am seeking for your humble assistance to open your heart and help me to receive this money into your bank account in your country for my future.

I want you to understand that my future depends solely on this money. So please keep this business to yourself only, to avoid raise eye brow of any third party and to avoid falling in hands of this evil people since they are after my life.

Sincerely yours


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