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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 Samira Aalem Umar <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:34:15 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From: Mrs Samira Aalem Umar.

From: Mrs Samira Aalem Umar.
I am the above named person from Egypt. I am married to Mr. Aalem Umar who worked with Egypt embassy in Ivory Coast for Ten years before dying in 2011. We were married for twenty years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted only four days.
Before his death we were both born-again Christians and his family was against us because we are formally Muslims. I have the sum of ($12.5m dollars, USD) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense accountwhich i inherited from my late husband.Recently, i have serious sickness which is cancer problem and one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness which almost deformed me.Having known my condition and as a goodChristian I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will use thismoney the way I am going to instruct here.To help, orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God.I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husbandrelatives are not Christians.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Any delay inyour reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose.
Hoping to receive your reply.Remain blessed in the Lord.Yours in Christ,Mrs Samira Aalem Umar.

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