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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: a z <>
Reply-To: a z <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:28:06 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Good Morning

Good Morning,

I am Miss Marina Moheed the only surviving daughter of late Mr/Mrs Hassan Moheed My father and my two brothers was killed on September 18, 2011, by the unknown persons (Armed Rebels) that attacked our home in Libya, during the crisis that leads to the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi on October 20, 2011.

I am from Egypt and 19 years now but have never been there before because I was born in Libya. My father left US$18.8 Million dollars (Eighteen Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) in the Bank in London. Now, I lost my father and my two brothers, I need somebody I can trust a partner who will not betray me that will receive this fund and take care of me. Presently, I'm in a refugee camp in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in West Africa, please if you can be of any help do get back to me for more details.


Best regards,
Miss.Marina Moheed.

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