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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: "joy sharon" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:13:50 +0900 (KST)
Subject: hi

Hello Dear From sharon How are you and your family. I
am Miss,sharon 21 years old the only daughter of my late
parents. I am writing because i need your help to transfer
the money my late father deposited in the bank for me before
he met his death, and i will explain more when you reply on
how you can be my guardian in the management of a sum $18.5
million u.s dollars. Please I am ever ready to offer you 35%
for your help. please contact me on this email address for
further process,i will be looking for your urgent response
with best regard; write   me on

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