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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: Mr Salif Omar <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:38:46 +0000
Subject: Reply for more details

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Well it is a pleasure to contact you on this regard
and i pray that this will turn out to be everlasting relationship for
both of us. However it's just my urgent need for a Foreign partner
that made me to contact you for this transaction, I got your contact
from our chambers of commerce while searching for someone that I can
go into partnership with. I am Mr Salif Omar, the bill and exchange
manager with the Bank Of Africa.(B.O.A).

I have the opportunity of transferring the left over fund (14.6
Million Us Dollars) fourteen million six hundred thousand united
states of American dollars of one of my Bank clients who died along
with his supposed next of kin in an air crash at Kenya on July 21st

I agree that 40% of this money will be for you in respect of the
provision of a foreign account, 50% for me while 10% is for
establishing of foundation for the less privileges in your country.
If you are really interested in my proposal further details of the
Transfer will be forwarded unto you as soon as I receive your
willingness mail for successful transfer.

Please, visit the website below for more information about the Plane
Crash and the tragic death of the deceased and his entire family, Late

Mr Salif Omar.

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