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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: Nataicha Latifa Inossa <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 03:41:55 +0000
Subject: From Madam Nataicha Latifa Inossa

Good Day.
I request your co-operation in my desire to find a foreign partner who will assist me in the relocation and investment of a deceased customer's abandoned fund in the bank where i work. i am his personal Accountant before his accidental death.
Furthermore, i would like to share this information with you in line with this inheritance fund (USD $19.3 Million Dollars) Nineteen Million Three Hundred Thousand US Dollars.
I am counting on your sense of confidentiality as it is my desire that you keep this business transaction secret to yourself.
Therefore if you are interested kindly get back to me without further delay for more details on how we could proceed.
Madam Nataicha Latifa Inossa.
My private Phone number and WhatsApp +226- 64-19-73-97

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