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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: Christelle Turquette <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 11:37:14 +0200
Subject: Hello,


I am Mrs Christelle Turquette from Israel now undergoing medical
treatment for cancer. I am married to Dr. (Dr Alberto Phil Watson From
Israel Nationality) who worked with Israel embassy in Ivory Coast for
years before he died in the year 2015. Before my Husband died, we both
make a deposite of a total sum Two million five hundred thousand
united states dollars in a bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I
few month to live due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I
have decided to donate this fund to a honest Person.

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