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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Tina Don <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:34:48 -0200
Subject: RE Dearest One.
My name is Miss Tina Don. I am 19 years old from Cote Dâivoire. I am
the survived daughter of chief/Dr. Mustafa Mohammed Don, my father was
into shipping company business a major cocoa exporter while some of
his business associates are based in overseas, my father is a cum
politician here in my country. I misplace the contact of his business
associates which he gave me. So after doing private research on the
internet I found your profile which I was motivated to contact you for
I was born out of tragic fate. My mother died from breast cancer
sickness, I have a Younger brother who met his untimely death with my
father during a conference meeting last year. My father went for a
conference meeting and take my Younger brother along with him, but it
was sad to hear that my farther and my Younger brother was poisoned by
their business associate because of their greediness over my late
fathers wealthâs. After going through your profile, I got interested
to contact you for business assistance. Pls I want you to contact me
in my private email address. I have inheritance of $8 Millions USD
which my late father deposited in the BANK, and I need you to assist
me invest this money into your country. I will explain everything in
detail as soon as I receive your private email address.
My Love and Regards to you
Miss Tina Don