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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: Guei Nadia Nina <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 13:02:10 +0200
Subject: RE: Expecting to hear from you,

My names are Miss Guei Nadia Nina, I am an Ivorian. I have an urgent
need for a foreign partner to transfer the sum of $26,000,000 I
inherited from my late father late Army General Robert Guei, the
former Military President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire who was
assassinated by President Laurent Gbagbo and his group in the year
I have in mind making some business investment in your country. I am
ready to invest in any business that is HIGHLY profitable, safe and
fast growing. If you know you are willing and capable to help me and
invest this fund in your country without any difficulty, and for your
role in assisting me complete the process, you will take 30 per cent
of the total sum. Kindly contact me back and indicate your interest
with assurance of trust so that I will give you the full details on
how to carry out this project.
I wait for your urgent response as soon as possible.
Best regards,
Miss Guei Nadia Nina.

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