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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: Zeinab Diallo <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:51:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?_Greetings_From_Ms_Zei?= =?UTF-8?Q?nab_Diallo.?=

Good day.

Please accept my apology if my mode of contacting you will in any way offend
you. I am compelled to contact you via this medium for obvious reasons which
you will understand when we discuss details of my proposition.

Through this letter I am seeking your urgent co-operation and an opportunity
to invest and do business with you in your country or any other country you can
manage in around the world as my partner. I have a sizable asset to invest and
I would like to work with you in doing business.I am looking forward to your
positive confirmation to enable us discuss details,which will include, my
introduction, what will be in it for you,etc.You are to send me your detail,
full Name,professional address and phone number.

For reply please contact me with this e mail:
Ms Zeinab Diallo.

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