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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: Joy Obed <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:08:37 +0000

I am Mrs Joyces Obed the wife of Mr Harry Pointer Obed, my husband worked
with the Chevron/Texaco in Cote d ivoire for twenty years before he died in
the year 2001. We were married for ten years without a child. My Husband
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry. When my late husband was alive
he deposited the sum of US .(Three Million Five Hundred Thousand
U.S.Dollars) with a Bank in Cote d ivore. Presently, this money is still
with the Bank and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come
forward to sign for the release of this money or rather issue a letter of
authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of my attorney
who is in Cote d ivoire as he will be the one to assist you in laying
claims for this funds.

Your’s Truly,

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