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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: "Mrs.Mary" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 21:50:34 +0200
Subject: re!

Good day, I hope first email did not embarrass you? If it did, I apologize =
for this. My name is Rosemary Rwasa, 16 years old I am from Burundi, East A=
frica. I am the only daughter to my late parents Mr/Mrs Victor Rwasa. I am =
contacting you because I need you to stand as my guardian in the management=
of a sum $10.5 million u.s dollars that my late father left for me before =
he died. Please I am ready to offer you 30% for your help and I will donate=
10% to the orphans just like me, and you will help me to invest the balanc=
e in your country. Please take me like your daughter or your sister. Thanks=
and I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you. Reply to my p=
rivate email: for more details. Sincerely Yours, Ma=

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