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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: Fathiya Maroof Omar <>
Reply-To: Fathiya Maroof Omar <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:07:40 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assalam-o-Alaikum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatohu.,

wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatohu.,

Dear nice meeting you, after viewing your profile, i decide to contact you
because, i need your urgent help.  First of all my name is Fathiya Maroof
Omar, i am 23 years old girl single, I am a French but presently in Cote D’Ivoire
since the death of my father who is Ivorian, while my mother is from Toulouse
France, both of them married when my father was residing in Toulouse France
though, the marriage did not last long because my mother died when i was only 5
years old.

My father was a successful and wealthy business man who deals on Importation of
Aluminium and Iron Steel Company here in the city of Abidjan CoteD’Ivoire
before his death on 30th august 2013 as result of diabetes. Now his business
has been claimed by his brothers, they don't even care about me as the
daughter, but this does not bother me because my father told me in the hospital
before he died that he deposited sum of money worth $2, 500,000.00 (Two
million, five hundred thousand American dollars) in a bank, which made me his
next of kin who shall inherit the money in future. He also warned me to
relocate out of this country Cote D’Ivoire because, his brothers are evil and
greedy, and they can hurt me because of this money.

My Dear, the reason for contacting you today is to ask for your help to stand
behind me as my foreign partner to claim this money from the bank and transfer
it to your account so that i will relocate over to your country and settle down
in your country and you will also help me to invest that money wisely in a good
venture so i can have a great future.

My dear, after the transfer of the money to your account i promise to give you
15% of the total money for all your effort in helping me out of this condition.

Please get back to me so i can give you more details.

Allah blessing be upon you for helping me.

Fathiya Maroof Omar.

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