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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:

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:48:12 -0400


I am Mrs. Janet Obeid, it's true we do not known each other but My spirit led
me to write you, I got your ID from Internet and you really have to help me to
achieve this dream, Please do not disregard this massage for God's sake.I
write you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart because my
Doctor informed me that I will die in 3 weeks time due to my complicated
health issues (CANCER) based on this, I want to WILL my money (10.5 million
United States Dollars)to a faithful and God fearing person who will use the
funds to raise any profitable business and to disburse 50% of the annual net
profit on charity,35% for expansion, 15% will be for you, having grown up in
the orphanage home, I know what it means to be an ORPHAN, I have no family to
take of the funds. it will be used to assist charity/Orphanage homes, & help
people involved in any form of natural disaster only.

reply me on:

Mrs. Janet Obeid

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