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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: "From: Miss Fatin Haifa" <>
Reply-To: "From: Miss Fatin Haifa" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:28:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From: Miss Fatin Haifa

From: Miss Fatin Haifa
My Dear,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business which am intend to establish in your country.Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.
I can confide on you for the brighter future of my life since you are a human being like me. But what i need from you is Truth, Trust And Honest.

There is this huge amount of eight Million Five Hundred Thousand united states dollars. ($8.500.000.00) which my late mother Deposited for me in the Bank here in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire as her next of kin before she died out of sickness.

Now" am decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough for security and political reasons.

I want you to help me to transfer my inheritance money into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:
1). Telecommunication
2). the transport industry
3). Five star hotel
4). Real Estate
5) company enterprise

If you can be of an assistance to me, i will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund.

I will be humbly waiting your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,

Miss Fatin Haifa

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