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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: "Mr.Osman Mohamed." <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 20:52:16 +0200
Subject: From Mr.Osman Mohamed.

Dear Friend,

Good day. I decided to contact you after I went through my father’s file. Hence I confide in you. I sincerely seek your assistance.

My name is Mr.Ousman Yaya,whom his entire family was wiped out, as a result of Egyptian Airlines that crashed into the Red Sea in cairo and I am the only son. Before the accident, my Father deposited the sum of 7.3 million U.S dollars cash in a Security Company in my name.

I am with all the documents that covers the fund and as an asylum seeker, it is not in my legal capacity to put up claims to this fund. This is why I need your assistance as my late father’s foreign partner to put up claims to this fund.I will forward to you all the documents that cover this fund.

I will offer you 20% of the fund for your assistance and efforts while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may incurred during this transaction.If interested and capable to assist me in this transaction, please get back to me immediately.You are to send me your telephone and fax number.

I look forward to a favorable response from you through my email or telephone contacts below.


Best regards,
Mr.Osman Mohamed.

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