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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: Delphine Abass <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:05:35 +0100 (BST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am Delphine Abass , 20 years old , I really need your assistant on relocation and transfering of my inheritance into a bank account that you can provide, So that i can come over to you , continue my education ,set up an investment & be living peacefully. The amount is United States Dollar Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand.( US$10,500,000.00)
It was people that plotted the death of my father,he revealed this to me before his death and my mother was a late since when i was a baby while am the only child of my parent.
If ready to assist from this trouble  Get back to me for more details of my intention to be explained.
Thanks in advance,
Delphine Abass

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