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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: Mariam Saddam <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:57:23 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friend,

How are you? I am of faith that life is treating you real good. My name is Mariam, I am a young beautiful and responsible girl. I came across your profile some hours ago, I believe we can get acquainted with each other, If this interests you, please reach me back here for further communication, I know that there is a reason God is bringing us together. I will be glad to tell you in details about myself and possibly send you my pictures so you can know me.

NB; distance,age or color does not matter in a real relationship but love matters a lot

I am expecting your reply as soon as possible.

Thanks.kiss your's Mariam,

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