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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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Fraud email example:

From: <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 13:28:27 -0500
Subject: My Dear

My Dear

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business which am intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk to succeed sometimes in life.

I am Miss Linda paul innocent,20 years old and the only daughter of my late parents Dr. Paul innocent. My father was a highly reputable real estate developer who operated in the capital city of Ivory coast west africa during his days

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in UK during one of his business trips abroad year 12th. JUNE 12, 2018. Though his sudden death, But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special Before his death on JUNE 12, 2018 he called his secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of Nine million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$9.500,000) left in bank

He further told him that he deposited the money in my name, and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to this fund

I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life

Dear, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards,Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter

2. Can I completely trust you

3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account

Please contact me with my private email ( ]

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

My sincere regards,
Miss Linda paul innocent

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