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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:53:40 -0500

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My name is JOHN MSHELIA GEIDAM,A Nigerian citizen, Male, age 22
years old. I`m the son of Late Hon. Mohamed Mshelia Geidam, a former
member of the Transitional Federal Parliament here In Nigeria.
My father was among the four(4) Administrative directors who were killed
on March 2012, by the rebel group from the
northern part of the country called BOKO HARAM.

Before the death of my father, he told me that he made a fixed deposit
of some money in one of the Banks in here with my name as
his next of kin.I have been advised by the bank to appoint a trustee
that this money will be transferred to in his/her country according to
their agreement with my late father.

Now, I am Soliciting your help for transfer of the money into your
bank account and investment assistance in your Country. I have
suffered lots of set back as a result of my parents death.Hence, I
want to settle abroad to continue my studies and spend the rest of my
life. Please consider my request as my life is being hugely affected .

Thanks a lot in anticipation of your prompt response and please reply
me through my private email id

Yours sincerely,

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