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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:

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:28:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss Muslimah Abdullah

Muslimah Abdullah,

Dear Respectful One,

My name is Miss Muslimah Abdullah an Australaian citizen ,Im an orphan now 22 years old single girl & I study geology at University of Cocody Abidjan.My father Mr.Zaimudd Abdullah is a medical Doctor from Perth western Australia citizen,why my mother is from cote d I'voire worked with the oil and gas ministry cote d I'voire.

Due to the relationship of my parents my mother assisted my father to gain a contracts to the former first lady of this country cote d I'voire Mrs. Simon Gbagbo the wife of the  former president Gbagbo.Because of political crises in cote d'Ivoire I lost My boths parents during the war in 27th of March 2011 you can google out(Duekoue city crises) to read about the full story.

my mother deposited ($5,000,000.00 )Five million United state of American Dollar in one bank here in cote d'Ivoire in which my name is the next of kin Iam asking for your assistance after I have gone through a profile that speaks well of you,I want you to stand with me as my guardian for the Bank to be transferred the fund to your account in your country and then you will help me to channel this fund in a good profitable business also assist me to come over to your country to continue,

my education beasuse my late mothers brother betrayed me by claims & selling my late Mothers properties he threat me to give him deposite documents of this fund so that he will claim it,I ran out of the house & right now I hide my self in One Local Mosque.I want to move out here for the safety of my life.Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the fund belongs to us now. Therefore, after the eventual stage of the transfer of this fund to the account you shall be providing, I will offer you a reasonable amount to the sum of 30% from the total fund.

We shall remove 10% from the  fund to offset every expenses we might have incurred during the course of this project and 60%  will be for me.

If you can be trusted for more information about this Proposal, I await your immediate response.

With love,


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