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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:

Reply-To: UMAR BELLO <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:59:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear friend

Dear friend

I am contacting you on a business deal of $17.5 Million US Dollars, ready for
transfer into your account

The depositor of the said fund died with his entire family during the
Iraq war in 2006, unfortunately leaving nobody for the claim. if we
make this claim, we will share it 60%/40%.

100% risk free and it will be legally backed up with government approved

 If you are interested reply for more details.
Reply to My alternative email address.
Waiting for your reply
Best regard,

Umar Bello
+226 6424 3973

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