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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: Malaria Bowden <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:13:01 +0200
Subject: Hello

Hello Dear,
It's my pleasure to know how you are doing? I pray this mail will
reach you in a good health. I am Miss Malaria K. Bowden, 20 years of
age, a medical student from the republic of Somalia) and presently i
am residing in the refugee camp in South Africa ,as a result of the
civil war going on in my country. I am the only Daughter of my late
parents who die during the Crisis in my country Somalia) My father
name is late Dr Kyama Bowden. He was a business man, he deals on lime
stone in Mogadishu, But he was killed along side with my mother during
the Crisis. and all his properties was totally destroyed. I know you
may wonder why i am so soon telling you about all this, even without
seeing or knowing you fully well.

I got your contact email from online directory and really something
tells me you can help me and it is better to trust you than to die in
this charity camp where I have no body to help me. However after my
parents death, I managed to escape with a very important documents.
DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE of ($4.950,000.00) in a financial company. I need
your help to achieve this because of my situation here. and to come
over and join you in your country to continue my studies, while you
will help me to invest the fund. I am willing to give you 25% for your
assistant Input in any expensive to achieve the deposit, while the
rest will be for investment in your country. Please contact me on my
personal emails:-( and i will tell you more about
myself and how we'll proceed.

God bless.
Miss Malaria K. Bowden.

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