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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: Linda Kouame <>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2021 10:23:52 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Transfer Of Fund.

Transfer Of Fund.

I am MISS LINDA KOUAME,In Ivory Coast Country, I am a banker of ECOBANK CI and I need your honest assistance to help me transfer one of our late customer Fund that he died by motor accident,Before he was died he have US$8,500,000.00.Dollars,the payment will be issue into ATM VISA CARD or Bank to Bank transfer choose any one for the proceed and i will send it to you for investment Donation. in your country.

I'll give you more details immediately i receive your response.for you to contact our bank director.Please reply with your direct phone number if you interested. 
You can contact our bank director for the proceed.
NAME OF THE BANK   :  ECOBANK ABIDJAN CI.DIRECTOR NAME        :  DR DAVID KABLAN.TEL                             : +225 05 55 048915E_MAIL: (
Best regards, Miss Linda KouameECOBANK ABIDJAN CI.

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