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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: Aamira Yakootah <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:53:18 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,
I am Miss
Aamira Yakootah .I saw your contact on the internet and i decided to
contact you for a business proposal that would be of mutual benefit to
both of us interest in the nearest future.I am in need of your help to
assist me as my rightfully beneficiary to contact a security
finance company to deliver my inheritance fund to you in your country
in the access of (EURO Euro 7.5 Million) meaning Seven Million,five
hundred thousand Euros while i will join you to your country for the
investment of the fund and continue my education because i really lost
every member of my family .

This is my reason for contacting you and if you may be willing to
assist me,then kindly get back to me through my private mail
so that i will tell you more about
myself and as
well send you my pictures for you to know me better.

Thanks and God bless as you welcome my proposal with love and trust.

Yours Sincerely,
Aamira Yakootah

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