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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: "Hmaza Yaya" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 17:04:09 -0000
Subject: Transfer account from needed Mr Hamza Yaya.

>From Hamza Yaya

Please I need your to help receive the sum of £9.5 Million Pounds into your acount for more details send
the follwing information to the email below. I work with one of the most known Bank in London where I
discover this fund. if you are capable to handle and provide and account it will take 5 working days to
approve and release to you in your name.

1) Your full name.
2) Contact Address
3) Phone, fax and mobile #.
4) Age.
5) Occupation.
6) Your bank account Number
7) Your bank name
8) Your routing bank number
9) Your bank address

>From Hamza Yaya

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