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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: "Florence Pierre." <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2020 11:49:34 +0100
Subject: the WILL OF GOD.

For the glory of God,

I bring you calvary greetings’ am Mrs. Florence Pierre from Abidjan
Côte d'Ivoire, i'm married to late mr. Dominique Pierre, I and my late
husband was into, Oil & Gas marketing and also a contractor before my
husband death. He was kidnapped and murdered with his French associate
in Gulf Hotel by the rebels during the presidential electoral crises
in my country Cote d'Ivoire. My late husband also has an oil tanker
truck renting company which was totally burnt by the rebels after he
was killed. We were married for 12 years without a child due to my
fibroid problem. Since over seven months now I have been diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer. Recently, my Doctor revealed to me that I
would not last for the next Five months due to cancer problem. From
all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite
obvious that I may not live more than two months, because the cancer
stage has gotten to a very dangerous stage. When my late husband was
alive he
Deposited the sum of $3.8 Million (USD) in a bank here in COTE
D’IVOIRE (Ivory Coast), presently this money is still in the bank.
Having known my condition I have decided to donate this fund to good
person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want to you use at least 80% of this fund to build orphanage
homes, poor aged widows, help woman with cancer problems, poor sick
ones at the hospital as I want this to be the last good thing I did on
earth before my death, then take the remaining 20% to take good care
of your home because every worker deserves his wages. I am not afraid
of death hence I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.
My happiness is that I lived a good life. Assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein. As soon as I receive your reply I
shall give you the contact of the Bank and I will also issue a letter
of authorization to the bank that will prove you the beneficiary of
Money. I also want you to always pray for me.

Thanks and remain blessed in the lord.
Yours sister in christ
Mrs Florence Pierre.

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