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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: "mariam"<>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 22:02:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ATTN:

ATTN:It's my pleasure to contact you for a businessventure.I am Dr Mrs Mariam Abacha,the wife to theformer military president of Nigeria Gen. Sani Abacha.There is this huge amount of $120 million U.Sdollars($120,000,000.00) which my late Husband keptfor us in a security storage house here in NIGERIA anbefore he was posioned by unknown persons.we will bepleased to offer to you 30% Of the total fund.Please you have to send to me your confidential phone/faxnumber,your occupation and your marital statues sothat I will start working on making thechanges of the beneficiary statues of thefund in yourname and please you have to keep this as a top secret. I await your urgent response.RegardsDR MRS.MARIAM ABACHAfor security reason contact my son abbas on his private line 234-80-32-79-85-03 so that he will explaine everything very clearfor you.

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