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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: "Ms.Manar El-Islam" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:49:07 -0530 (IST)
Subject: ..How Are You Today..24th?


I am quite sure that this mail will surprise you since we did not know
each others before and I hope this mail of mine will find you in sound and
in good health, i was browsing on the net through today, when i
come across your email address, so i decided to contact you .

For formal Introduction, I am Ms.Manar El-Islam, Formal Protocol officer
to late Mo’tassim Gaddafi..

My reason of contacting you is because I am looking for a Trustworthy
person that I can present to the bank in as the owner/ beneficiary of
US$5.3M Fix deposit a made During one of our trip last year to Southern
Africa countries.

SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, kindly send the information stated below

1) Your Full Name....
2) Your Age...........................
3) Your Country.......................
4) Your Occupation....................
5) Your Personal Mobile Phone/Fax Number.........
6) Photo Copy of your ID or Passport and also tell me a little more about
your self.

As soon as get back to me more details will be giving to you and i will
let you know the share/% that I will be offering you in participation in
claiming this fund


Ms.Manar El-Islam

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