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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 Anna Helma <>
Reply-To: Mrs Anna Helma <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:34:36 -0500 (PET)
Subject: Good day my beloved friend

Good day my beloved friend,

My name is Mrs Anna Helma, i am a cancer widow from Iraq, I want to use my money (US$13,500,000) in the bank to help the poor and the needy and work for charity before i die. I do not want the bank to get hold of my money when I die. my doctor has confirmed that I may not survive the surgery operation that will be performed on me very soon. I really want to work for humanity with my money before my death . Please, get back to me if you can diligently help me do this noble mission with my money.

NOTE: Pls reply me on this private mail (

Mrs Anna Helma

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