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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: Haifa Valderina <>
Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 02:16:50 +1100
Subject: Regards from Valderina

Mrs. HAIFA Valderina


My Name is Mrs. HAIFA Valderina, I need a trust worthy person who can
help me accomplish my wish on earth in humanitarian charity service
with the funds that was left for me by my late husband in a Bank in
Cote d'Ivoire before he died in a plane crash.

Just a month ago, the doctor informed me that i have just three months
more to live for i was diagnosed of a very severe Cancer.Having known
my condition I decided to seek for assistance to transfer this fund
into your account and you will use it to train my adopted son who is
17yrs. You will take him as your God child and bring him up in a good
and decent manner with what my late husband left behind behind.

Please contact me on my private Email: if
you can be trusted for more information about this Proposal, I await
your immediate response.

Thank You and Bless You,
Yours Sincerely
Mrs. HAIFA Valderina.

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