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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: "Farrah Ibrahim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:21:27 -0500
Subject: Update..

Good day

I am Mrs. Farrah Ibrahim Hamad from the city of Baghdad in Iraq. I decided to contact you while on my search for a honest and trusted person for an urgent profitable proposal. I lost my dear husband Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Hamad in one of the recent bomb blast terrorist attack carried out against the Sunni minority here in Iraq. Since

then i have been living in fear, worried so that another attack may not kill me with my only daughter in same way my husband was killed. Please i come to you in the name of

Almighty Allah for a possible transfer of my late husband's wealth worth Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars($9.5 million). I will give you
more details as soon as i receive your willing response to this my appeal and i plead with you to consider the helpless condition i am with my little daughter as our lives are still at risk where we are at the moment. kindly reply back.

May Almighty Allah Bless You.
My.Email :
Mrs. Farrah Ibrahim Hamad

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