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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:

Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:57:34 +0100
Subject: From Mr.Philip

Hello Dear Friend,

I am an account officer with reputable bank here in Rep of Cote d'Ivoire. I would love to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this business proposal.

Listen,the total sum of US $15, 00,000.00 (Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) I Hoped that you will not betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families So this is the reason why I contacted you,so that with me giving you all his information we can release the money to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.

Please I would like you to keep this proposal as top secret and delete if you are not interested.Upon receipt of your reply,I will send you full detail on how the business will be executed. Please if you're willing to participate with me and secure this fund for our both benefit kindly reply me.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Philip Kuna.

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