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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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Fraud email example:

From: Ana Mimi <>
Date: 13 Feb 2019 05:59:00 -0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?VGhhbmtzIEZvciBZb3VyIEVmZm9ydCBTbyAhISAvIERhbmtlIGbDvHIgZGVpbmUgTcO8aGUgc28gISEgIDA2ZDE4ZA==?=

Ciao ,
Come va oggi, spero che la mia posta incontri bene te e la tua
famiglia e sia in buona salute?

Desidero informarLa che ho reclamato con successo e trasferito il
mio fondo ereditario in Arabia Saudita attraverso l'aiuto del mio
nuovo socio dell'Arabia Saudita. Il mio partner è attualmente
impegnato con il progetto di investimento a Dubai e ho anche un
trattamento medico di successo in un ospedale di Amburgo, in
Non riesco ancora a dimenticare tutti i tuoi sforzi per aiutare a
spostare il fondo nonostante non abbia funzionato, io e il mio
partner abbiamo accettato di mappare qualcosa per te come
risarcimento per tutti gli sforzi che hai fatto per aiutarmi. Mi
lascio indietro la somma di $ 800.000 per te, contatta Mr Adam
Smith in modo che lei ti trasferisca immediatamente i soldi.
Di seguito i dettagli di contatto di Mr Adam Smith
Nome: Sig. Adam Smith
Indirizzo: Cotonou-Benin-Rep
Per favore contattami immediatamente riceverai i soldi.
                          Ana Mimi

------------------------ In English ------------------------
Hello ,
How are you doing today, I do hope that my mail meet you and your
household well and in good health?
I wish to inform you that i have successfully claim and moved my
inheritance fund to Saudi-Arabia through the help of my new
partner from Saudi-Arabia. My Partner is currently busy with the
investment project in Dubai and I also have a successful medical
treatment in a Hospital in Hamburg, German.I am fully ok health
wise and sound now.
I still can`t forget all your effort to help move the fund
despite it didn`t work out, I and my partner agreed to mapped out
something for you as compensation for all your effort you put to
help me. I do leave behind the sum of $800.000 for you, do
contact Mr Adam Smith so that she will transfer the money to you
Below is Mr Adam Smith contact details
Name: Mr Adam Smith
Address: Cotonou-Benin-Rep
Please contact me immediately you receive the money.
Yours Little

Ana Mimi

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