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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: Marien aisha Ibrahim <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:42:23 +0000
Subject: Help me pls

Dear Ma/Sir,

Let this message not come to you as a surprise, I am contacting you
because of the problem we are having in my country South Sudan, I am
Marien Aisha Ibrahim the daughter of Moussa Ibrahim from South Sudan.I
am right now in Burkina Faso,a nearby country were I went as a
refugee. I want your help to secure the sum of $7.5MUSD,my late father
deposited in a bank here and to help me to come over to your
country,to live and continue my education. If you are interested to
assist me kindly get back to me with your condition of help.Do get
back to me no matter what your position may be.

Yours sincerely,
Marien Aisha Ibrahim.

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