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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. Arawa Hara" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Arawa Hara" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:59:37 +0900 (JST)


 Dear Child of God,

 Calvary Greetings in the name of the God Almighty and  the giver of every good thing.

 Good day and compliments of the seasons, i know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence. I am Mrs. Arawa Hara an aging widow of 61 years old suffering from long time illness.

 I have some funds I inherited from my late husband Mr. Hara Bara, the sum of (Four Million  Dollars) and I needed a very honest and God fearing devoted child of God who can withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity works. I WISH TOGIVE THIS FUNDS TO YOU FOR CHARITY WORKS. I found your email addressfrom the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring me a helper and i decided to contact you if you may be willing and intereste d to handle these trust funds in good faith before anything happens to me.

 I am desperately in keen need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you for this task, you must not fail me and the millions of the poor people in our todays WORLD. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved,100% RISK FREE with full legal proof.

 Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Charity works

 please kindly let me know immediately.

 Please kindly respond quickly for further details, reply quick or you will give me room to contact someone else to handle this task on my

 Warmest Regards,

 Mrs Araw Hara.

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