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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:

Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:25:59 +0100
Subject: Hello dear,

Hello dear,
My name is Ana Sayfa,
I am a consultant to the late billionaire business mogul, Antonio Fernand=
ez. I hope you won=2019t be surprise to read this email, because it means o=
nly for the good purpose of his last wish.
Before he died, his last wish was that, 30% of his wealth be distributed t=
o the poor people and the less privilege motherless children around the wor=
ld. Ever since he died, all his wish has been accomplished, as we=2019ve do=
ne a good job locating some individuals who has been partnering with us to =
distribute these funds to the needy children according to the wish of late =
Antonio=2026and it is remaining a little of the amount which we're still re=
ady to distribute. In this case, i would want to include your name in the c=
ash reception and management, so that you can get $6,000,000.00 and we shar=
e it equal and you can invest my own share for me.
I cannot be among the team that has shared over a USD40, 000,000.00 to di=
fferent people around the world for charity purposes without having at leas=
t the above as I have just mentioned. This is not a personal help to me, it=
is not even illegal. It is a wish of the late billionaire. If you don't wa=
nt to receive the fund for me and you to share, then i will include your na=
me on the payment list as a friend, you will be giving USD500,000 so that y=
ou help share it to the less privilege children in your community, We canno=
t be everywhere at the same time. It is through individual that we're distr=
ibuting these funds, and you have been my friend today. I will not have any=
problem including your name for this purpose ok.
Feel free, there is nothing trouble here. The late billionaire died at 79=
, and the best we that are living can do for him is to keep to his entire w=
ish while on earth, which I have stated herein this email. Every day is an =
opportunity in our lives, here is the opportunity today for us, and we shou=
ld take a chance for it to materialize to our heart desires.
The world is a small place; you can meet your opportunity and great blessi=
ng any day any time from any part of this world, as long as you are focused.
Please, I would want you to be kind over this issue and treat me as your f=
riend and make sure that you did not fail me on this deal.
You will have to receive this fund on trust with your pure heart, then I w=
ill meet you after for us to share it equal. Meanwhile, I would also like y=
ou to invest it for me under your care and business experience. Then I will=
take it from there.
Please I hope you can understand my position on this and treat with utmost=
urgency and honesty, as I make the necessary arrangement to perfect the re=
mittance process.
Please, do not hesitate to let me know, if you have any thing you did not =
understand while reading.
Thanking you for your understanding cooperation.
Ana Sayfa





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