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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: Lola Dukuly <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 07:21:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: how are you

Dear friend,
How are you doing today I hope you are all fine together with your family member? My warmest regards to them and you in particular. My name is lola Dukuly, I am 25years old and under graduate student of bussiness management and economic. I am a sudanese presently living in senegal under the custordy United Nations High Commission for refugee since my arrival in senegal because of the humanitarian crisis in my country sudan. I was opportune to have an access on internet today, while browsing and searching for a friend; I came across your contact at so I deceided to contact you for friendship. As I am planing to relocate to your country to further my education.

I need your assistance on receiving my inheritance fund secured for me by my late father before his death. I have tried to retrieve this fund out from financial company where my late father kept it, but due to my refugee statue, I am not qualifiy to handle this transaction, the financial company told me to look for a trusted foreign partner whom will safe guilde the fund for me, I believed that you will handle this fund for me without letting me down based on your professional experience.

I have all the informations covering this fund and I am the beneficiary; I will show you my appreciation at the end of the transaction upon my arrival to meet you. I will like to have your contact address so that my lawyer will prepare a letter of nominee and submit it to the financial company for the release of the fund to your position on my behalf in your country Have a nice day, bye for now and waiting to hear from you soonest.

Your friend,

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