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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 18:12:25 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Miss Mariam Almaleek ( I want your urgent response)

Hello Dear
Please permit me to introduce myself and my reason for contacting you as we have not met before. My name is Mariam Almaleek (Miss) from Ivory Coast in West African.
I am 22years old and a student. I am the only (child) of my late parents who died some years back (Mr .Kamal and Mrs Hanifah Almaleek).

There is one important thing i will like to discuss with you.
I have an inheritance which is in a physical cash deposited here by my late father and this fund i want to come and invest it in your country whereby i need your help in transferring the fund to your country, precisely to your account whereby it can be use for business purpose.
Please let me know if this interest you so that i can forward you more details about this proposal in order for us to proceed as I am willing to re-locate to your country.
I would be glad to get your soonest response so I can furnish you with more details about my self and the fund.
I am looking forward to hearing from you
Thanks and God bless


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