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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: "Lima Taslima" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 03:40:41 -0000
Subject: Possession of Lima Taslima Assets

Good day,
Although you might be apprehensive about my email as we have not met before.May I ask if you would be eligible to be in possession of the deposit ($20.5M) with the Vault Company and some other little assets in South Africa for me if you don't mind? Let me know if you are interested.

Due to the Nature of this request,i would like you respond to me directly via this email address (

Lima Taslima

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