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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: Mohammed Stamps <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 03:04:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs. Mariam

Am in a very bad condition here is this country,as a result of this i have decided to move to Ivory coast untill i have a honest and reliable perosn that we assist me to received this fund before coming down to join youThey've succeeded in frozen about $91 Billion dollars of my late husband Gen.
Sanni Abacha Funds.

This is the reason why am looking for an assistance from anybody outside the country. I now decided to go through this means of communication, so I can reach all the well wishers of the Abacha's family. There is an account worth of $25 million (dollars) with Diamond Finance company, which I can
call the only Reserve left for my children and the entire family member.

But due to the situation of things here in my country I can't operate the account directly. Am now using the media to find any almighty God sent that could rescue and assist the family from perish, just to put the person through, how is to go about the fund. After the transaction has been
accomplished 20% will be for the person involve, 10% for miscellaneous expenses and the remaining 70% for the Abacha's family. Please if you feel interested, I crave your indulgence to please contact me through this my email address. As I have said earlier, I want you know that this present
situation now and not take this as a scam mail, all I need is your help and support for the Abacha's family not to perish.

Could you please let me have your,

1.Full Names
2.Your Address
3.Mobile Number

As soon as i received this information, i will tell you what to do next.

Best regards and God bless you and your entire family as I await your quick


Kind regards.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Mariam Abacha

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