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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: "Miss.Nicole Clark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:50:41 +0900
Subject: Miss.Nicole Clark

Greetings from Nicole Clark,
I want you to read my letter with one mind and assist an orphan like me to make my dreams comes through in your
country where I will invest my inheritance money and live there for the rest of my life.
My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Lome,the economic capital of Togo, my father was poisoned to death
by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip .
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on
November 2018 in a private hospital here in Lome he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the
sum of 9,000,000 dollars left in one of the prime bank in Lome and 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. That I
should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for
investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management Sir, I am honourably seeking your assistance
in the following ways.
1) To assist me to receive the money in the bank where my late father deposited the money.
2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 17 years old.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit
in your country.
Moreover, sir I am willing to give you 35 percent as compensation for your effort/ you indicate your option towards
assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to
assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soon. I am happy to have somebody like you as a gaurdian.
Thanks and God Bless.
Best Regards,
Nicole Clark.

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