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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: "viviansam26" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 17:21:42 -0600

Dear Sir\Madam,

My name is Mrs Vivian Salem , wife of late Salem Nasim
in Iraq,
One year ago, I lost my husband Nasim and three children -
Husam, 15 years old , Wasim, 12 years old and Merna, 6years old, this
happened when a Combatant Military Tank Shelled our car as my family
attempted to flee heavy fighting in Baghdad, View the Website below for
detail Story of how I lost my family .

Before my
husband and my Children was killed, he Deposited the sum of $29.5
million ( Twentynine Million five hundred thousand Dollars ) with a
Security & Finance company in Baghdad. I had contacted a Diplomat who
was attached to the United Nation Peace keeping forces in Baghdad and
had assured me of assisting me to move the Boxes through Diplomatic
Cargo to anywhere i want, ONLY ,if I had a PARTNER to receive it on my
behalf .
All I need from you is to receive the Fund as my husband a
business Associates and Invest the fund into any Lucrative Investment
in your country .
I will renumerate you with 40 % at the end,but most
of all is that I solicit your trust in this transaction and will not
want you to betray me at the end
Please in your reply , include your
Mobile number ,Home telephone number and your residential or company
address for easy Communication.
All correspondence should be directed
to my private Email;
Thank you,

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