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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. Nicole Apollonia," <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Nicole Apollonia," <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:21:05 +0000 (UTC)

Dear friend,

My name is Mrs. Nicole Apollonia, from Toulouse France. I have
been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and the doctor says that I
have just a short time to live. For the past Twelve years, I have
being dealing on gold exportation, before falling ill due to the

My late husband, Dr. Benoit kabore,a retired diplomat and one time
minister of mines and Power in the republic of Burkina Faso made a lot
of money from the sales of Gold and cotton while he was a minister,
but we had no child of our own.

later my husband realised through a powerful man of God that it was
evil course instituted by his brother in other to inherit his wealth,
but before then it was too late, I and my husband agreed that he
should remarry another wife but our religion did not permit it, while
planning this my husband’s brother heard it and they planned and
killed my husband at the age of 56, he died in the month of September
Now that I am very sick and according to the doctor, will not survive
the sickness.The worst of it all is that I do not have any family
members or children to inherit my wealth.

I am writing this letter now through the help of the computer beside
my sick bed.

I have $4.5 Million US Dollars deposited in Eco-Bank here in Burkina
Faso and Iam willing to instruct my bank to transfer the said fund to
you as my foreign Trustee.

You will apply to the bank, that they should release the fund to you,
but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the fund and give 50%
to the orphanages home in your country for my soul to rest after i
have gone.In my next email, I will send you the copy of the
Certificate of Deposit which will enable you apply to the bank and
receive the money with no case.

Respond to me immediately for further
details and instructions since I am in the end times of my life due to
the ovarian cancer disease.

Hoping to receive your response as soon as possible.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Nicole Apollonia,

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