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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: "Miss Aisha" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 17:56:25 +0200
Subject: Good Day my dear

*Good Day my dear,

I am Miss Aisha Mohamed. I am an orphan being that I lost my father a couple
of months ago. My father was a businessman in minning operations. He was
assassinated last january by the rebels following the political uprising in
my country.

Before his death he deposited the sum of $9.5M which he kept for the
importation of processing and industrial machine. I want you to do me a
favour to receive this funds to a safe place in your country or any safer
place as the beneficiary. I have plans to do investment in your country,
like real estate and industrial production.

This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist
me, indicate your interest in repplying soonest, * * *
*Thanks and best regards.
Miss.Aisha B. Mohamed*

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