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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: Miss Helen Giamma <>
Reply-To: Miss Helen Giamma <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:07:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss Helen Giamma

My Dearest friend,

Greeting to you and how are you today all together with your family. I am Miss Helen Giamma, 21 years old from Cote d'Ivoire and the only daughter of my late parents. I need your help to retrived the funds that my late Father left for me with a bank here in my country and to transfer the funds to your account in your country as I wish to relocate there to continue my education because our country is no longer safe for my continual living since the death of my father.

I want you to help me invest the money in your country as my guardian and so I can continue my studies. The money is ($9 million - Nine Million American Dollars) I will give you 20% of the Total money for your help. I assure you in the name of the almighty Lord and I will tell you more about this project Once you get back to me. I am waiting for
Urgent reply

Thanks and God bless you.
Yours Sincerely
Miss Helen Giamma

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