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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.amina bamali" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 11:57:35 +0100
Subject: I am Mrs.Amina Bamali.

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs.Amina Bamali.
My husband who was a Project/Building Contractor with the JULIUS BERGER
NIGERIA PLC died of cancer of the lungs at Marcorm Specialist
Hospital,London, on the 17th September,2006 and has now been buried.
Therefore,I want to engage your service in the immediate transfer/investment
of my late husband's deposited fund in the sum £ 9,375,640(Nine
Million,Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand,six hundred and forty
British Pounds Sterling) in his foreign bank account in London.
If your capability and honesty must be guaranteed,please kindly get back to
me for further details as regards to the transfer/investment and travelling
arrangement of me and my children to live with you in your country.


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