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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: "Sahr Alseer" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:01:57 -0600
Subject: Hello..

From: Sahr Alseer
United Nation
strand bridge house 138-142 strand London WC2R 1HH.

My name is Sahr Alseer, UN Staff working at the UN Independent Station (Humanitarian & Human Right Abuse Department) United Kingdom. I got your contact through cross border business information centre situated here in London describing you as an online investor.

On behalf of my partner, I seek your assistance to accommodate and invest for us the sum of USD22.6M. The money in question is sourced to us by a particular head of states as a gesture for appreciation of a good work rendered to their country, but In line with the moral principal of our services, we are not required to accept gift of any kind nor own more than 10,000 USD in our respective bank account, hence our plea to be represented by a trust worthy person to most important secure the money and invest the sum for us.

Please note that this request is not a hoax.

We count on your ability to accommodate and invest the funds for us until we are able to process our resignation to live outside the ethics of United Nation successfully

If you are interested please provide me with the following in return email, If not, I beg of you to delete this email permanently and never bother to contact me back:


As soon as I hear from you, further details regarding the transaction will be unveiled to you.

I look forward for your urgent response.

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