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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: Monalisa Tarawally <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:06:12 +0100
Subject: Good Day

Dear Beloved,Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into =20
business relationship with you, please i need a trust-worthy person =20
that will help me to receive this money.I am very sorry and I hope =20
that you will read through this email and understand how difficult =20
things can be for someone in a particular period in life, I introduce =20
my self to you with all faith, trust and hope you will understand to =20
assist me not to betray me at the end.=A0My name is Mrs Monalisa =20
Tarawally from Cote d'Ivoire,59 years old,I am suffering from a long =20
time Cancer of the breast,from all indication my condition is really =20
deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may =20
not live beyond the next 4 months, this is because the cancer stage =20
has reached a critical stage.=A0I was brought up in a Motherless baby's =20
home, and was married to my late husband for 18 years without a =20
child.My husband=A0 died during the political crisis in our country.I =20
decided not to re-marry, he deposited the sum of ?4.5 million Euros in =20
a bank here.This money is still with the bank i want you to use this =20
money to take care of the less privileged one's by investing the money =20
into a very good lucrative business venture of your choice that will =20
be bringing out proceeds to be distributed each year among the charity =20
organization,the poor,motherless baby Homes,orphanage Homes and those =20
with HIV AIDS.=A0I must let you know that this was a very hard =20
decision,but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I =20
have no other option and I am only counting days following the =20
doctor's report.I hope you will help see my last wishes come =20
true.=A0Regards,=A0Mrs Monalisa Tarawally.

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