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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: George Uga <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 03:27:19 +0000
Subject: Good News

Dearest Friend,

Compliments of the season and God's blessings from Barrister ASHA YACINE . I am the Barrister who contacted you long ago, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred, Now I want you to contact my secretary in Benin Republic with your information below:
Call him immediately with His above direct phone.Ask him to send you the total sum of (800,000.00) Eight Hundred and Thousand usd Cashier's Cheque, which I kept for your compensation contact my secretary on thisEmail:
Yours faithfully.ASHA YACINE.
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