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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: Mrs Monica Nokto <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 04:32:21 +0400
Subject: Mrs Monica Nokto

Hello good day ,nice meeting you here on ,my Mrs Monica i have
something to share with you,get back to me urgently..........

i saw you now in front of my page in and my heart told me that you
are the person who i will like to donate my funds to,i see your
picture,i think you are child of God and i want you to us it in the
God name

i am mrs Monica ,im from united state,prensently in london hospital,i
am very old sick woman with cancer problem,i am 69yrs
my heart like you,tell me more of you,can i trust you,i need somebody
to make good use of my fund in my account and help me give to some
poor kids there

It will be surprising to you to receive this proposal from me since
you do not know me personally. However, I am sincerely seeking your
confidence in this transaction, which I propose with my free mind and
as a person of integrity from God.I am married to Dr Nokto Mirsad who
worked with the Malaysia embassy in west Africa for nine years, Before
he died in 2010

my husband have a company in nigeria before he died,then after i lost
my husband,i started runing the company in nigeria,but now i have a
cancer of the heart problem,i have sold them off three days ago and i
have all my fund in the bank there which i want somebody to make good
use of it and to give to the poors over there,so can you help me off
that,my heart is asking for a good person
i want you to help me receive this fund from my account to make good
use of it and help to the poor kids,i need you to be serious,i want to
give you this from my heart

me and my late husband married for eleven years without a child.He
died after a brief illness that lasted for four days. Before his death
we were both born again christains.Since his death i decided not to
remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible
spoke against.

if you are going to promise to help me,is just for me to tell my bank
to make you my full owner of my account and for them to transfer it to
you,so do you promise me,then i will tell you what to do

When my husband was alife he deposited the sum of $3.7million US
dollars in my account and also i have sold off my companies in nigeria
three days ago,now i have total balance of $5.5million dollars in my
account with bank of new york, Usa bank

ok i have just contacted my bank now about you,there said that there
fully ready to make the transfer to you once you contact them,so now i
told the bank to make you the full owner of my account

this is my banking details: Account Name: Mrs Monica Nokto , Account
number: 26216820088 Swift code: FBn26200821 Balance Amount: $5.5
million Dollars Pin:bank of new york, Usa bank 7648499

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