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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: Madam Jacinta Labbah <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:18:05 +0100

Compliment of the day, I got your contact information from a reputable
professional directory and I picked interest to disclose this
important business proposal to you believing that you won't let me
down. I am a widow with only a son, my husband died of cancer of the
brain, before his death he deposited US$10.5 Million in a financial
institution. I seek your partnership to transfer this fund from here
to your account while I come over to your country for investment. If
you are interested reply and I will give you more details and we
discuss what will be your commission for the service.

I leave my number: +22998520796, you can call me after sending your reply.
Madam Jacinta Labbah

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