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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: Charles Philip <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:56:01 +0000

It is a pleasure to introduce to you a business that will make the
beginning of never-ending family relationship and i hope this proposal
will not be an inconvenience or embarrassment to you.I am Mr Charles
Philip the only son of late Mr Philip Talaku who was a famous cocoa
merchant,My late father operated his cocoa business in Cote d'Ivoire
under partnership but unfortunately his business associates poisoned him
in-order to claim his wealth in a cocktail party held in his honour as
the director of the company.

When he was poisoned he was rushed to the hospital,it was in the
hospital that he secretly disclosed to me the cause of the sickness and
also that he deposited the sum of $10.8m (Ten Million Eight Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars Only) in a suspense account to a bank
here in Cote d'Ivoire and that i was made the next of kin to inherit the
money in his record/file.

He therefore advised me to look for a reliable,trustworthy and
God-fearing person who will assist me to transfer this funds abroad
strictly for a good investment purposes,this is because he did not want
his associates to raise an eyebrow on his funds.He also advised me to
avoid his associates who will be running after my dear life,he finally
died in the hospital after two days of admission.

I am soliciting for your assistance to transfer the $10.8m into your
account for an investment purposes in your country.I hope to travel with
you to your country after a successful transfer of this funds,the
contact of the bank will be given to you as soon as you show your
interest and willingness to me.You can now instruct them on where and
how the money will be transferred.I am offering you 10% of the total sum
of $10.800.000.00 as commission for your assistance to the transfer of
this funds into your country.May i strongly re-emphasize that this
transaction is highly confidential,hitch free and this will be
successfully concluded within 10 days.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Yours Sincerely,Mr Charles Philip.

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