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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: Mon, 1 May 2017 02:15:50 +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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