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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 Edna Wallace <>
Reply-To: Mrs Edna Wallace <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 23:12:58 +0900 (JST)


Thanks so much for welcoming me, My name is Frank Peter, my father is a former governor of the oil producing state in Angola, because of the oil and political interest, they killed my father, in the year 2012, my father married three wives, two from Angola, my mother the last is  from Ivory coast, am the only child of my mother which is the last wife of my late father.

After the death of my father  the first two wives from Angola joined together to  fight my mother because of large estate of my father and money, so my mother had to run away with me to her home country which is called Ivory coast.

One night my mother called me frank my only son and i answered yes mummy, she told me my son, when your late father was alive after i gave birth to you, he deposited 11.5 million dollars in one of the bank here in Ivory coast for your future, that we have to go to the bank for this fund, so my mother and i went to the bank and met the bank director and the bank director confirmed the fund.

But my mum died 3 weeks after this meeting with the bank. Now the agreement letter that was made by my late father with the bank is  that i will be up to 25 years old  or i should present someone abroad who will stand as my guarantor or guardian.

After few months my mother died and i was left alone. Please i want you to help me and i promise to give you 20% of this fund and 10% for the bank charges  You will manage the rest 70% in any good investment you know in your country and put me in school for my university education

Am expecting to hear from you immediately with the following details that i will submit to the bank director.

Your name............
Your Address.........
Your Telephone........
Marital Status.........


Yours humble

Frank Peter.

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