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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.Amina Salum Ali" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:25:12 -0700


I am Mrs.Amina Salum Ali from African Union Mission and I am written
to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought by United State
Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle to the white house Washington
DC and has been mandated to be deliver to your address on Thursday
being July 7TH 2016 as soon as you get back to me with your below

Home address:.............................
Phone number.........................

Your cheque is containing the sum of $25 million USD.

Here is my number +1(567) 234-5960) you can call me or send me an sms,
but I prefer sms because I'm always busy in the white house and I
cannot be able to pick calls all the time.I will be waiting to hear
from you immediately, thanks and God bless you.

Mrs.Amina Salum Ali
+1(567) 234-5960)
African Union Mission
1640 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

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