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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: "MR SOLOMON AHAD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:15:34 +0100

Good day Sir/Madam,

I'm Solomon Ahad and I work with a Fiscal Institution here in asia. We had a customer and mogul by name Badri Patarkatsishvili from Georgia, who had a balance of $18,200,000.00 usd before he died of a heart condition and since then, our office have been expecting his family member(s) for the heritage of the deposit, but none has surfaced and the account has been tagged for dormancy.

The policy of our fiscal institution however stipulates a limited time period for such heritage to be made or the finances' will be written off going by the record of the incident, the time limit for the claim is closing up soon for the next of kin to show up or the account will be closed and i came to have the knowledge of this account as the auditor in this fiscal institution. So if you are interested kindly contact me true my private email address( ) for me to furnish you more details.
Yours Sincere,
Mr Solomon Ahad.

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