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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: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:36:08 +0200

Dear Sir

We the Monitoring Committee of the West African Economic Community
States(ECOWAS)are contacting you for a business transaction which we
feel will be of great interest to you.

Our duty is to see to the coming in and out going of funds into this African sub
region.There is a fund which we confiscated worth of $8.6 million
dollars.We will like you to receive this fund on your name in your
account and as well helping us in the investment.

You are advised to contact us as soon as you get this message for
details of the transaction if you find it interesting.

Best Regards,

Mr John Aka

West African Monitoring Committee
Tel 00225 014380 6352
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire(Ivory Coast)

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