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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: nathel mery <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:13:50 +0100
Subject: Greetings in name of our Lord.

Greetings in name of our Lord.
I am Mrs.Nathassia Mirel Bakayoko,69years old widow & a
Christian,suffering from long time cancer of the blood.I have the sum
of US$3.850m(three million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars) in
COTED'IVOIRE i want to donate it for you to use it to help the poor
people.Contact me for more information on how you will get my charity

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