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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: "lisa mustafa" <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 09:35:57 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP.....

hi friend
my name is lisa from nigeria i am 18 years old i love singing and i am
honest i am the only daugther of my parent and the only child,my dad work in
an oil company why my mum work's in a bank,just before i lost the both of
them in an harmdrobbery incident.
right now i have a problem in my hand's,my dad family member's are planning
to colect all my parent wealth and money that belong to me.but i do not want
to leave the money for them.
the money is about $10,000,000,my plans right now is to transfer the money
to someone's acount outside the country,which might be a favour from u,so
after every thing is over,30% of the money will be ur share,if u are willing
to help i will be very greatfull to hear from u.

from lisa


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