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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: "Mariam al-Senussi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:28:25 -0500
Subject: Re:Good day

Hello friend,
My name is Miss Mariam Abdullah al-Senussi from Libya.I am the only surviving child of Abdullah al-Senussi,Libya's former intelligence chief,brother-in-law,most trusted aide to late president Muammar Gaddafi now sentence to death by firing squard along side with late president Gaddafi son Saif.
I am writing from Libya and I have business proposal worth USD$57 Million dollars.I will like you to kindly write me at my private email ( so that I can tell you in details what you are expected to do for me.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Mariam al-Senussi.

Please reply to my private email:

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