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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: Evelyn Joshua <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:11:41 +0300

Hello dear,
My name is Miss Evelyn Joshua. I am the only daughter of my late father
(Late Mr. Luke Joshua) My deceased father was the Director and Project
Manager at Beheer B.V Cote d'Ivoire. We are a native of Rotterdam in
Nederlands. I was born and brought up here in Cote d'Ivoire. My mother
died during the time of Cote d'Ivoire political crisis. My father died
on the 10th of January 2017 as a result of Stroke. Since after the death
of my father, I tried to locate our families in Nederlands but i could
not find them. Now I have decided to move on with my life. Please I am
seriously in need of your help to secure the ($6,500,000.00 DOLLARS) Six
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars which my late father deposited in
a prime bank here in Cote d'Ivoire before he died.

I want you to assist me by providing a bank account where the funds can
be transferred. You are not going to face any difficulties or legal
implications as my late father's lawyer is going to handle the Transfer
personally. If you are capable of receiving the funds, do let me know
immediately to enable me give you a detailed information on what to do.
Meanwhile, i will offer you 25% of the money as soon as the bank
transfer the money to your account.

While you will help me to invest the remaining 75% in your country.
Please help me, I want to spend the rest of my life in your country.
Please get back to me if you are interested and capable to assist me
handle this project. I shall detail you on what to do when I hear your
confirmation and acceptance. If you are interested, please declare your
consent to me.

Waiting for your urgent response.
Yours Sincerely
Miss Evelyn Joshua

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