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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: Delphine Abass <>
Reply-To: Delphine Abass <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:03:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day


I sincerely apologize for my intrude to your email, I am Delphine a lady of 22 years old , I really need your assistant to relocate to you in your country  and transferring of my inheritance into a bank account that you can provide , So that i can come over to you , continue my education , you will set up an investment for me with this my inherited money ,so that i can be living peacefully in your country. The amount to be transfer is United State of America Dollar Ten million Five Hundred Thousand
I inherited this money from my father who has died now , It was people that poisoned and killed my father , This is what he told  me before his death and my mother had died  when i was a baby , i am the only child of my parent .
If ready to assist from this trouble  , Get back to me for more details of my intention to be explained. 20% shall be yours, if you help me out successfully
Thanks in advance

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