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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.Samia Mukhtar" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Samia Mukhtar" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:15:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs.Samia Mukhtar

From:Mrs.Samia Mukhtar

Dear Friend,
Greetings’ i am. Mrs. Mrs.Samia  Mukhtar, the widow of late diplomat Dr.H. Mukhtar. I am 68 years old, suffering from pancreatic cancer. My condition is really bad and it is quite obvious that i won't live more than three months according to my doctor.
I am willing to donate the sum of fourteen million five hundred thousand united states dollars (14.5m)  through you in other to help the poor, widows and the less privileged ones in your areas and to carry out other charitable works.
i wait for your urgent reply to proceed.
Best regards,
Mrs.Samia Mukhtar

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