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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: Miss Faustine Acel <>
Reply-To: Miss Faustine Acel <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:41:56 +0900 (JST)

My name is Miss Faustine Acel
17. The only daughter of my late parents and my father is Mr. Julius Acel and
also a politician here in my country before they where assassinated by unknown
gunmen. having viewed your statue on-line which motivated me that you can be a
trusted person, I am contacting you in respect to my late father’s fund worth
US$ 28 Million deposited with FOREIGN BANK OVERSEA, for safe keeping purposes.
But right now my father and my mother are dead and the financial firm has been
giving me several notifications to make the claim of the said deposit.
I want a situation whereby I
will present you as my Executor to the bank so that you assist me to make the
claim of this fund from the FOREIGN financial firm so that it will be
transferred to your custody pending my arrival to your country so that you can
use it judiciously for investment purposes, upon confirming the funds into your
account you are going to send me some money for my preparation to come and join
you over there to start my education.
I will continue my education in
your country upon my arrival once every arrangement as regards this transaction
is concluded. I will be offering you 30% of the fund for your foreign
assistance as long as you can help me out in carrying out this project
effectively without insinuating greed and selfishness. I am contacting you in
this respect for the below purposes,
A, To avoid awareness of my late
father’s relatives because they would like to inherit it alone if I dare
disclose it to them because they said that I’m the only daughter even non of
them cares for me been an orphan I am staying in the camp while hoping that my
situation will touches you to be my helper, you will never regret in any way
for helping me.
B, You are not to face
any difficulties or legal implications as the FOREIGN firm is going to make a
smooth transfer of the funds into your account, once I
receive your positive response. I will give you more details and the documents
of the fund deposit for your confirmation to enable us proceed.
Yours sincerely
Miss Faustine Acel
Cote d’Ivoire

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