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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: Aleksandra Lakic <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 12:58:27 +0200
Subject: Urgent From Hospital

I'm Ms Aleksandra Lakic. I am writing from a hospital in Ivory Coast,
therefore this mail is very urgent, I have been told by my doctor that
I was poisoned and have got my liver damaged and can only live for few
more weeks, I have a little orphan child, named Janice and [8.4
Million dollars] I inherited from my late father, I want you to help
her out of this country with the money. (1) Set out 40% of the money
to establish my daughter Janice (2) Give 30% of the money to the less
privileged. The remaining 30% should be for you and others that you
may love to assist. Contact my daughter with her details below.

Janice Lakic
Telephone: +225 0574 0164 79

She will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to a
well known lawyer that I have appointed to her, the lawyer will assist
you to change the documents of the money to your name to enable the
bank to transfer the money to you. Janice is a young girl therefore
guides her.
Thanks for your acceptance to help accomplish my wish.
Ms Aleksandra Lakic

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