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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: sabina peter <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 01:33:19 +0100
Subject: Dearest one

Dearest one

I knew is wrong to contact you through this means but is just that i am desperate and my pres sent condition now is frustrating, that was why i use this medium to fasting up my request.

I am Sabina Peter Mataruse the daughter of the late assassinated senator in zimbabwe but presently i am in abidjan, capital city of Ivory coast in west Africa, for the past two months now.

i want you to assist me withdraw and transfer my dad money into your account in your country and also take me and my brother out of here that had made us orphan.Why i contacted you was that i went to the bank to withdraw this money since my late father use my name as the next of kin to the deposit but i was told by the bank that my late father made an agreement with them that i have to get to the age of 25yrs before i can make claim of the money or alternatively i should provide a guardian who can make the claim on my behalf and that was why i contacted you.

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