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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: "Ms.Helena" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:15:36 +0100
Subject: My Dear Friend

My Dear Friend,
I saw your profile I decided to contact you for the first to and discuss with you for a deal proposer project plan that will benefit both us, And you are the type of person I need in this plan with your profile and your name inclouded
the country you came from. and I believe that you will be a good person,

As I told you before my name is Ms Helena Marius from Norway, I am the Branch Manager of our Bank here in Ivory Coast for three years mission work from the government. I write you this proposal in good faith, I am a lady of peace and honest, and have sincere respect for human feelings and opinions. I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and I. As the Branch Manager of this Bank, it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city, at the end of each business year.

On the course of JANUARY, 2019 business report, I discovered that the
branch in which I am the Manager now in this program made 5.750 million Dollars (5,750,000.00 Dollars) which my head office is not aware of and will never be aware of. I have placed this funds on what we call Escrow call account with no
beneficiary. As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to
this money, so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money
in your bank account and get 40% of the total funds as commission.

It will be simply a bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to
stand claim as the original depositor of these funds becuase its the same
name from your name and your country you from look alike. Who made the
deposit with my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to
your designated bank account under few working days.

If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much as you are
the first and the only person I am contacting for this transaction. send me
an email as soon as you receive this message if you agree to work with me
so that we can move over to the details. PLEASE WRITE ME BACK WITH THIS PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS (

Have a pleasant day.

Ms Helena,

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