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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: Anna Paul <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 06:49:04 -0800
Subject: Your Attention Is Needed In This Matter

I Good Morning Sir, How are you and your family, I hope fine?

My Name is Miss Anna Paul I am a 20 Years old girl from Ivory Coast,
and Ivoirienne Citizen (Ivory Coast). I lived in Ivory Coast with my
father for ages before his sudden death. My late father was a wealthy
international businessman, he dealt on Cocoa and Timber export until
his death.

I lost my mother when I was 3 year old. I do not know my Mom, except
only in photos, Am the only daughter of my parents, Please i need your
help to receive my inheritance fund $5.5 million USD which my late
father deposited in a finance firm here but registered for foreign
investment since the year 2016 before his sudden death.

I have all the documents that cover the fund in the bank and I am the
next of kin to the deposit fund. Dear, I promise to give you %30 of
the total sum for your assistance as soon as this fund arrives in your
country under your care for my schooling and investment purpose over

Please if you are willing to help me receive this amount, kindly reply
to me for more details.

I am waiting for your kind response.

Miss Anna Paul

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