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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: mrs maria <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:28:28 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.
I am Mrs Maria  The Head of file Department in Bank of Africa (BOA).I seek your assistance and I assured of your capability to champion this business opportunity to remit $15 million U.S.A dollars. In account belongs to a foreign customer who died along with his entire family in a plane crash.
I agree that 45% of this money will be for you as an aspect to the provision of a foreign account, and 55% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated.
Reply me if you are interested so that I can send you the details of the transaction, your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated. please fill this information for me to know you more as soon as I receive these dates.
my private email ID
Best regards,
Mrs Maria

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