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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 Juliana Timothy <>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 00:29:21 +0000
Subject: I Have A Donation For You

Greetings to you and your family i am Mrs. Juliana Timothy, A widow to
Late Mr. Johnson Timothy of Ivory Coast i am 59 years old, my late
Husband was working with Bahrain Embassy here in Ivory Coast also
doing his cocoa company business here before his Sudden Death in 2017
by this country political group who kidnapped him and killed him.

But before his death, he deposited the Sum of $4, Million US dollars
with one of the Bank here in Ivory Coast in a Fixed Suspense Deposit
Account with my name as next of kin and presently i am suffering a
pancreatic cancer sickness my condition is really bad and it is quite
obvious that i won’t live more than two months according to my doctor
and i have no Child who is going to take care of this huge amount of
money i am willing to donate the Sum of $4,Million US dollars for you
to help Widows, Orphanages Home and the Less Privileged ones in the
rural and urban areas and to carry out Charity works in your Country
and around the World on my behalf i need your urgent response.

Remain blessed.
Your Sick Sister
Mrs. Juliana Timothy.

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