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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: lillian john <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 14:21:40 +0000
Subject: Yours beloved sister,

Urgent from hospital

I am Mrs  Lillian John a widow suffering from long time illness
(Cancer) writing from a hospital here in Ivory Coast, there is funds I
inherited from my late husband Mr Lakic John, the sum of ($7.8
million) which he kept in a bank before his death, I need a honest
person that can use these funds for humanitarian work. I want to
donate this money to be used to assist the poor and needy, the less
privileges, the widows and the sick in the society, If you are ready
to carry out this missionary work, kindly get back to me.kindly
contact me with the email address

Yours beloved sister,
Mrs. Lillian John.

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