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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.Nura Philip" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:06:53 +0100

Hello Friend,
Greetings to you.I know it will be difficult for you to believe my
story but it is nothing but the real truth. I’m Mrs.Nura Philip and I
have been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and the doctor says
that I have just few days to leave. I am from (Paris) France, but
based in Africa Burkina Faso since eight years ago as a business woman
dealing with gold exportation and cotton Sales.

Now, that I am about to end the race like this, without any family
members and no child. I have $6.8mollion (b.o.a) Burkina Faso which I
instructed the Bank to give St Andrews Missionary and Home Kizito
Orphanage in Burkina Faso. But my mind is not at rest because I am
writing this letter now through the help of my computer beside my sick

I have instructed the bank to transfer the fund to you as a foreigner
that will apply to the bank after I have gone that they should release
the fund to him/her, but you will assure me that you will take 50
percent of the fund and 50 percent to the orphanage as I instructed
for my heart to rest in peace. Respond to me immediately for further
details since I have just few days to end my life due to the ovarian
cancer disease, hoping you will understand my situation and give
favorable attention.
Thank you and God bless you,
Mrs.Nura Philip

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