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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: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 05:13:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Friend.I am, Omar Jassim A merchant in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE). I Have been diagnosed with Cancer, which was discovered very late, dueTo my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of Medicine; Rightnow I have only about a few months to live, accordingto My Medical Doctor. I have not particulalylived my life so well, as I Never really cared for myself but the Oil business. Though I am veryRich, I was Never generous, I only focused on my business, as that was the only T

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