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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: "Mrs. Sali Naman" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:24:48 GMT
Subject: From Mrs. Sali Naman

Dear God's elect, My Name is Mrs. Sali Naman, I am married to Late Dr. Anthony Naman who worked with Tunisia embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: My late husband deposited the sum of $7.2 USD Million (Seven million two hundred thousand dollars) with a bank in Burkina Faso. I need your assistance to use this fund to care for the less-privileged, charity and work of God in your country. Hoping to hear from you soon for more details. Remain blessed Mrs. Sali.

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