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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: Zara Mohamed <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 01:39:05 +0100 (BST)
Subject: salaam alaikum

Salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
My Name is Zara Mohamed, I need your help, I had gone through your profile and with due reputation, I would like to do business with you, I will wait for your acceptance to assist me in my business investment Projects to your city, i shall send details to you as soon as you comfirms my request, Thank you

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