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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:

Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:21:51 +0530
Subject: RE:GET BACK TO ME !!

Dear Friend, My name is Mellisa A Dauther Of Muammar Gaddafi former Libyan =
Leader from northan African Country'sick cancer here in the hospital in Lon=
don and my last surgery will be soonest which I believe not to survive, my =
dear, please try and understand on my situation and carry on this project w=
ith me immediately, this is 100% free risk and legitimate. I have 8.5 milli=
on dollars to transfer to You in charity name to help poor ones in your Cou= me

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