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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: Miss Fanta Abdoulaye <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 10:44:10 +0000
Subject: kindly reply me

kindly reply me

For sure this mail would definitely come to you as a surprise, but do take
your good time to go through it, My name is Miss.Fanta Abdoulaye,i am from
Cote D'Ivoire.

I lost my parents couple of months ago. My father was a serving director of
the Agro-exporting board until his death. He was assassinated by his
business partners.Before his death, he made a deposit of US$9.7 Million
Dollars here in Cote d'ivoire which was for the purchase of cocoa
processing machine and development of another factory before his untimely

Being that this part of the world experiences political and crises time
without number, there is no guarantee of lives and properties. I cannot
invest this money here any long, despite the fact it had been my late
father's industrial plans.

I want you to do me a favor to receive this funds into your country or any
safer place as the beneficiary, I have plans to invest this money in
continuation with the investment vision of my late father, but not in this
place again rather in your country. I have the vision of going into real
estate and industrial production or any profitable business venture.

I will be ready to compensate you with 40% of the total Amount, now all my
hope is banked on you and i really wants to invest this money in your
country, where there is stability of Government, political and economic

My greatest worry now is how to move out of this country because my uncle
is threatening to kill me as he killed my father,Please do not let anybody
hear about this, it is between me and you alone because of my security

I am waiting to hear from you.

Yours Sincerely,
Miss.Fanta Abdoulaye.

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