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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 Aisha Salamat <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 15:23:00 +0000 (GMT)

   I am Mrs Aisha Salamat from the Philippines, widow to the late Mr. Salamat Hashim from Philippines who was the founder of Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) who died in July 2003. For official report of his death you can visit the website below.

   I inherited a total sum of $5 Million American dollars from my late husband, the money was concealed in a metallic trunk box and was deposited with a security and finance company in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire, that was because he needed a maximum security/safety of the consignment and no body or governmental organization can trace the where about of the money until we are ready and prepare to claim it.
  The Security company didn't know the real content of the box, because it was deposited under a secret arrangement as a family valuables. I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production along with charitable organisation like motherless children's home and old people's home.
   My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I found you and perhaps trustworthy to give you this priority of shipping the box of money to any address that you think is very secure and save in your country for onward lodgement into your account for the purpose of future investment which i shall give you 20% of the fund as your shear for helping me. I will send you the Authorization Certificate which are the Certificate of Deposit and the Certificate of Agreement that the security company gave to my late husband on the day the box of money was deposited under their company.
     I await your urgent response if you are willing to help me.
Mrs. Aisha Salamat.

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