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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: jane alizerba <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:44:08 +0000
Subject: Hello My Friend,


Hello My Friend,

My name is Mrs. jean alizerbaj, I am currently residing in Cote D'ivoire
west Africa, I need your help to invest my late husband money, which he
deposited with a trunk box in a security company as family valuables for
foreign investment under a bond before he died, He advised me to look for a
foreign partner to help me invest the money in any country of my choice,
the total amount of money is ($8.5m)

Please I am offering you 25% of this money if you will render this help to
me and receive this money and arrange my coming to settle in your country

My husband's relatives are currently looking for me to collect the
documents of this money from me because I am sure they are aware of what
killed my husband,

help me please

Mrs. jean alizerba

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