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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: farkash <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:50:47 +0000 (GMT)

May the lord be with you

Good Day,How are you and your family,i am sorry for bagging in to your privacy.I am Miss Farkash 22yrs,a student and only child of Mr.& Mrs.Ibrahim Mohammed Miller.please i am seeking for your assistance in retrieval and transfer of my inherited fund to your country (USD$10.000,00) dollas and i will further my studies.Christianity and Islam fearing partner overseas.This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.

i wait for your reply for more information thank you and GOD bless you.

Regards & God Bless

Miss Farkash Miller.

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