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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 Fatima Mohammed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 07:07:18 -0700
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,
I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a
means of investment abroad. I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you to help me in this regard.My preference is any good profit yielding business and I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with.
I will also need you to help me look for properties like homes and lands for
sale as I am proposing to invest the sum of five Million United States Dollars($5,000,000.00USD) for this.
I do not know if you can be of help to me. For a brief on my personality; my name is Mrs Fatima Mohammed, a Ghanaian based in LIBYA. I am a Business woman, formally into private Shipping Business.because it wasn't producing profitable income because of the present problem in government here.
I have been having so much problems since the existing governmental tragedy started. so been in your country as foreigner believe your assistance is needed . My need for this business proposition is very urgent .and i will like to acquire these properties
as I am planning to move out of this country with my Son down to your country.
I want you to also help in finding a good home where my family and I will live in. (Mini Estate) Please I
expect your good and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly. I will need your phone and fax numbers
for easier communication with you in case I am unable to access my emails.
Best Regards,
Mrs Fatima Mohammed

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