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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: APRIL <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:59:26 -0800
Subject: official information

*Dear Sir/Madam *

*I am April Mbali one South African officials Under general information
bank investigation.I need you in any way to assist of *
*(U.S $50,000 000.00 Million) Fifty Million Dollars to any trusted account
within your control. The money is still in dormant funds/account of late
client, *Muammar Gaddafi Son Mutassim*, former president of Libya. We need
someone to use to re-profile the funds and remove it out of the South
Africa.please ,you will get 25% of the total money as a partner. For more

*Mr.April Mbali*

*Feel free to check the site :*

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