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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: Godwin Abah <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:45:21 +0100
Subject: Good News

Dear friend,

Please consider to help me relocate this $15m USD for establishing an industry in your country. This fund was deposited in our bank by Mrs. Nina Wang from Hong Kong who died of cancer on April 3rd 2007 without a heir.
A routine notification was sent to her forwarding E-mail address but without responses. She did not declare her next of kin in the bank official papers including her real home contacts.

Click here ;(

This money has been floating and if I do not remit it out urgently it will be confiscated by the government as unclaimed fund. You will be compensated with 40% for your collaboration to receive this fund.
I will give you all vital information and clarification when I receive your reply

Godwin Abah

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