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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: el mustapha <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:20:08 +0000
Subject: From Mrs.Grace Mustapha.

From Mrs.Grace Mustapha.

Dearest in Christ,

With Due Respect And Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a
humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs.Grace Mustapha, I am married to Mr
Roland a director in a trading company here in Cote d'Ivoire.We were
married for 36 years without a child. He died after a Cadiac Arteries

And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight
months due to my cancer problem and stroke). Before my husband died he
deposited a trunk box containing the sum of Two Million Dollars in a
Security Company here In Ivory Coast. And the contents of the trunk box was
declared by my late husband as family valuables for security reasons.

Presently, the trunk box containing this fund is still in the Vault of the
Company. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any
good God fearing man or woman that will utilize this fund the way I am
going to instruct herein. I want somebody that will use this fund according
to the desire of my late.husband to help Lessprivilaged people,
orphanages,widows and propagating the word of God. I took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund, And I don't
want in away where this money will be used in an unGodly way. This is why I
am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I want you to always
remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer
Surgery.Write back as soon as possible any delay in your reply will give me
room in sourcing another person for this same purpose.

God bless you as you as I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
Your’s Sister In Christ,
Mrs.Grace Mustapha.

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