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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:

Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:55:12 +0000

Hello Dear ,


This message might come to you as a surprise but please be rest assured that it is all for good, meanwhile, I prayed before contacting you and please do not see my mail as embarrassment as we do not know each other before.

For proper introductions my full names are Miss Marina Garna, only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. BUDHI SUKMA GARNA, my late father was the Quality Control Supervisor at Tullow Oil PLC in Ivory Coast. We are a native of BANDUNG in INDONESIA. But my father married my mother here in Ivory Coast where he was working and I was born and brought up here in Ivory Coast.
My father death on the 10th of March 2015 as a result of Great Stroke which lasted only for two months. And since after the death of my father, I tried to locate our families in Indonesia but i could not find them. Now I have decided to move on with my life

I am contacting you with regards to my search for foreign partner for investment , I wish to bring to your notice my interest to partner with you on a great business opportunity, I am writing you because I have plan to relocate and establish an investment in your country and also to further my education over there, I have the total sum of US$ 5.3 Million, this fund I inherited from my late parents and I intend to invest this money in your country into REAL ESTATE BUSINESS/ AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS Etc of which you are to advise and execute the said venture for the mutual benefits of both of us. I am willing to compensate you reasonably for your assistance and co-operation. Please be rest assured that this project is operating very legal and it is 100% risk free the fund is legally acquired by my late father and must be invested in legitimate ventures all the legal documents confirming the source and origin of the fund are intact with! Me.

If you are willing to work with me, please reply to me as soon as you can so that I will give you full details about the project as well as all my personal details. Eagerly waiting to hear from you.
Have a blessed moment.


Faithfully Miss Marina Garna

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