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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 00:32:21 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Dear Beloved

Dear Beloved,

Due to the sudden death of my husband General Abacha the former head of state
of Nigeria in June 1998, I have been thrown into a state of hopelessness
by the present administration.I have lost confidence with anybody within
my country. I got your contacts through personal research, and had to reach
you through this medium. I will give you more details when you reply. Due
to security network placed on my daily affairs I cant visit the embassy so
that is why I have contacted you.
My Husband deposited $12.6million dollars with a security firm abroad whose
name is witheld for now till we communicate. I will be happy if you can receive
this funds and keep it safe I assure you 20% of this fund. I will need your
telephone/mobile numbers so that i can forward it to my son Mustapha who
i have instructed to carry out this transaction with you.He has all the details
with him and he will give it to you in the smooth runing of this transaction
of ours.You are free to discuss with him okay and let him know your intentions
in doing this with us.i need trust and i hope i can trust you.You can both
commence communication.

Yours Truly,

Hajia Mariam

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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