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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: Zainabe Umar <>
Reply-To: Zainabe Umar <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:56:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings Beloved

Good Day,

Please excuse me if i have infringe into your privacy, this may be strange but i have no option but cry out having gone through your profile i think i am convince you are the right fellow to confide this to. I am Mrs Zainabe Umar from Kuwait, but we live in Accra, Ghana for many years now. I am married to Dr.Khalid Umar who worked with Gold Company here in Accra, for many years before he died in the year 2008. We were married, but had no child. My beloved late Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($ 4.5 Million Dollars) with the a security company here in Accra Ghana, Presently, the fund is still with the security company. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of seven months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to give this money to care for the disadvantaged, this money will be used the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to charity, people on the street and help the orphanage. I grew up as an orphan and have no one as a member of my family, only to end in favor of the house of God is maintained because I have suffered both these diseases.

I want you to always pray for me because the almighty God is my shepherd. I am waiting for your Urgent reply to inform you how you will receive this Fund, any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for another person or company for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your urgent reply.

Thank you.
Your Sister
Mrs. Zainabe Umar

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