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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: Amira Ahmed Abdalla <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:34:51 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear,


I am very happy to read your profile.I am writing this mail to you
with tears and sorrow from my heart, Life has ways of changing your
plans even if you are not ready for the change. Well I don't have any
alternative than this medium through which I have contact you since
internet correspondence is the option left for me.

My name is Miss Amira Ahmed Abdalla  I am the first daughter in the
family of two girls. and I will be 24 years by this this yaer,Medical
student, my father of his blessed memory by name Late Dr. Ahmed
Abdalla ,my father was a very successful political business man
attached mostly to the eastern and central African ruling class before
he died,but was more into business of Gold and Diamonds which formed
the main source of his incomes and our family house burnt down by the
rebels during the last crisis in my country Sudan when Janjaweed
militant came to our house, and this was what sent me away from my
country to Burkina Faso as I made my escape only by God's special
grace and with the help of Catholic Missionaries because i was in the
boarding house when this incident took place.

Actually I am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help
me to relocate to  a better life,I have chosen to contact you after my
prayers and i believe you will not try to cheat me but rather take me
as your own person .Though you may wonder why I am so soon giving it
to you without seeing you, well I will say that my instinct still
tells me that you would be truthful to me. Briefly,I will like to
disclose much to you if you will help me to relocate to your country
with the substance that i inherited from my parent. I have a
substantial amount $5.5 million us dollars which I will like to invest
in your country into any lucrative business venture which you are to
advise and execute seeing that I have no business experience for
now.So will like you to contact me through my private Email Box

However,I shall forward to you the necessary documents on confirmation
of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the
fund. As you will help me in the investment, and I will like to
complete my studies because I was in my 2nd year in the university,
when the crisis started.It is my intention to compensate you with 15%
of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my
investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you.
Please all communications should be through  email address only for
confidential purposes.

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I
will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I
shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and
willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Awaiting your urgent
and positive response. Please do keep this only to yourself please I
beg you not to disclose it till I come over, once the fund has not
been transferred. With due respect I am pleading that you help me, I
am giving all this detail information with every transparency
believing that you will have a clear picture of the base of the kind
of help i need from you. I hope to hear from you soon, May truth and
love be the guiding word in my refuge in you.
Yours Sincerely,

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