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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: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:37:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: In Good Faith

Dear beloved One,
I am
Mrs.Mariam Nasser Musa
Habib, Wife of Nasser Habib, from Angola who WAS until his death an
exporter of Gold and oil Explorer in Kuwait and Angola for twelve years
before he died. I am Sending you this email in regards to my last wish. I
have been diagnosed with cancer for a
very long period. I have been
touched to Will the sum of $ 3.2million US dollars [three million two
hundred thousand
United State dollars] from what I have inherited from
my late husband to you to assist me to distribute my funds to charity
work through your assistance organization if you are willing to assist
me bring my
heart desire to manifestation for the glory of God Allah,
kindly reply me to enable me give you every legal information that will
enable you to claim the Fund for as my next of Kin and help
me conclude
this humanitarian Project as I can not handle this Project from my sick
bed will be waiting for your response Thanks and God Allah blessed you.
Mrs.Mariam Nasser Habib Musa

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