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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: Natali Akimula <>
Reply-To: Natali Akimula <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 02:40:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest one

Good day,
I am Miss. Nadya Mustapha  the only daughter of  late Mr.Rehan Mustapha . My  parents were very wealthy coffee and cocoa farmers here in Ivory Coast. Unfortunately my mother died in a fatal automobile accident when i was in tender age and since then my father did not re-marry  another women because of the love he have for my mother,   unfortunately My father was recently killed by his business associates on one of their business meeting during the crisis in my country, it  was doctor who confirmed that he died of alcoholic poisoning.  Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in my country he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum  of three million, two hundred thousand united state dollars ($3,200,000.00 ) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the leading banks here in Ivory Coast, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the money.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates in collaboration with our family relatives out of jealousy, greediness and wickedness. I'll tell you how and why I choose you for this and many things that you need to know. and I can assure you that there is no risk, I have all the documents as the next of kin, please reply for more details information on how to continue.
I will be waiting for your mail
 Miss. Natali  Akimula

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