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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 Juliana.Bougouno" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 16:25:52 -0200

I need your help,

Please don’t feel bad by this email and my proposal to you,it is God’s
plan and wish for me and you.I am Mrs Juliana.Bougouno,an aged widow
from Ivory Coast.Currently,i am lying critically sick here in the
hospital as a result of Cancer of my left breast.If you don’t mind,i
will like to have an important discussion with you concerning my
decisión to use my inheritance deposited in one of the Banks here for
the service of humanity through you because,i don’t really know when
my creator will call for my soul.The amount is 3.6 Million United
States Dollers only. Very very important. If you are interested and
convinced to help me actualise this charitable Project let me know,for
more details. In case you see this message in your bulk email
folder,move it to your inbox and respond if you desire to work with
me,God bless a cheerful giver.

I will be waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Juliana.Bougouno

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