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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: "osman basal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:15:48 +0300
Subject: In Good Faith

Dear Sir.
Greetings to you and your Osman Basal 26 years old citizen of Sudan present I living at the refuge camp In Kenya In East Africa .before the death of my father he deposited $87million dollars with the central bank of Kenya and 130kg Gold please I want you to be my foreign beneficiary to stand and receive my inheritance funds and am willing to give you 50% equal share as you help me to invest the funds in your country for me to continue my education please get back to me so that we can proceed
Osman Basal

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