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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: "Mrs Rali Salami" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 13:03:20 +0000

Hello Dear,

I will want you to bear with me after reading my mail, and be of good assistance to me. However you know bad people in this world has made us not to trust the good once again, but as for me you can trust me and my only son.

Before anything, let me tell you about myself. I am Mrs. Rali Salami wife to late Dr. Ahmed Salami. My husband died last year when me and him and my only son where coming back from a wedding, and we got an accindent, before they could took us to the hospital my husband died on our way to the hospital. Oh God may his soul rest in peace Amen.

For your information, me and my only son did not die, so we thank God for keeping us alife, and i pray God will always receive the soul of my late husband any where he is today. Well, i contacted you because after our car accindent my condition is very bad, of which i am very sick, so that is why i am writing you this mail, because my late husband deposited the sum of $4,500,000 only in a Bank.

Furthermore, my doctor said i will not last for the next 2 weeks, so that is why i am writing you this proposal, in order for you to assist me to transfer the funds into your country, and help my only son to further his education in your country, because i know i will die, but by the power of God and your assistance, nothing will happen to my son, so try all your best to help me in this transaction, because i don't want my only son to stay here in West Africa, for bad people here not to kill him and run with all the money my husband deposited before he died.

In addition, i will want you to get back to me after reading my mail, so it will enable me to send you all the deposit documents that covers the fund in the Bank, and issure you an authorization letter that will authorize you as my new appointed beneficiary that is going to receive the fund on behalf of my son.

Finally, i will be looking forward to read from you, and please do not fail to respond my mail through my personal email address that is stated herein ( )
Thanks and God bless you.


Mrs. Rali Salami and only Son David.

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