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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: Hussein <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:08:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hussein, Urgent.


It is with tears and pains that I am writing this email . I believe you have never met such a condition before. My name is Hussein, I am the son of late Mr.Mohamade Hussein, My father, mother, 2 sister and 3 brothers was killed by the wicked rebels during the brutal and most wicked civil war that happened in my country.

I want to bring the sum of $ 7 million USD and Gold in your country. I dont know any person in your country but it is the country of my choice from my heart, I want you to help me and get it from the company where my late father deposited it, if you are will to help me get back to me so i will give you the full details.

Please can you accept to receive this money and invest it into a very good business in your country? You will help me to get a visa so that i will come over to live in your country. I will offer you $ 2 million U.S.D from the $ 6 million for the assistance. Please this is very urgent and confidential.

Waiting for your reply.

From Hussein.

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