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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: Miss Amina Alsaba Hassan <>
Reply-To: Miss Amina Alsaba Hassan <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:48:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Private Message From Miss Amina hassan

 Private Message From Miss Amina hassan

greetings to you,

i write to tell you of a matter that required an urgent attention with regards to your reposed personality as a reliable, trustworthy person. in brief introduction, i am the only duagther of late mr mohammad hassan.i and my junior brother ahmed are presently staying in abidjan cote d'ivoire as a refugees. I am requesting for your help, to assist US in getting USD$12.5Million to your account for investment. please do indicate your interest for more informations. we sincerely wish to introduce and make you our business partner and advisory consultant of our proposed investment in your country. so if you can be able to assist us please do urgently reply me so that i will link you for further details, and don't forget to give me your private telephone numbers while replying this letter.

Thanks and best regards
Yours Sincerely
Miss Amina Hassan,

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