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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: "MOHAMMED SULEIMAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:50:26 +0100

Greeting from Mohammed Suleiman
An arab made a fixed deposit of $44,500.000.00 in my bank branch
where am a director and he died with his entire family in the war leaving
behind no next of kin.If you choose to stand as my deceased client's
next of kin and if interested,mail me at the address below:with the following data.
Your full names
Your contact address
Your cell phone number
Your age,sex and occupation
Yours Truly,
Mohammed Suleiman

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