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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 08:52:35 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS

I am Mrs. Kadi Usman. from Cote D'Ivoire. I was married to Dr. Adams
Ibrahim Usman who was a contractor with the government of Cote D'Ivoire
(Ivory Coast) before he died after few days in the hospital.

When my late husband was Alive disclosed to me secretly that he deposited
sum of (US$4.5 Million) with one of the safe Security Companies in Benin
Republic.Cotonou.(Benin Republic) Presently this money is still in the
custody of the Security Companies here in Benin Republic (Cotonou)

This money which is Trunk Box is deposited with a security company under a
secret arrangement as a family, valuables. And the document concerning the
box was handed over to me by my late husband before his death, Presently
this Trunk Box is still in the custody of the company, and the Money in
consignment was willed in favor of my Son Ahmed and myself as next of kin
for the deposit.

Am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer
and my doctor have said that I have limited months to live that is why i am
seeking for your assistance, Your suggestions and ideas will be highly
appreciated. Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
I will give you the details and the information of the Security Company.

God Bless You!

Mrs. Kadi Usman.

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