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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 Mariam Felix <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:42:44 -0700
Subject: I will be happy if you can assist me ,am an auditor of Africa
Development Bank. (A. D. B)

Dear Friend,

Request For assistance

I am compelled by my urgent need for a foreign partner that is why I have
personally contacted you for this transaction. I am an auditor by
profession working in Africa Development bank (A.D.B) ,Cotonou Benin
Republic, West Africa.
I have the opportunity of transfering a left over funds (US$10.5M) of one of my
bank clients who died along with his entire family in a plane crash.
Hence,I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be
transferred out of the bank and shared between us in the ratio of 60% for
me and 40% for you.If you agree to my business proposal,further details of
the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return
Mrs Mariam Felix

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