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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: "Mariam." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:27:10 +0100
Subject: I Sincerely Write To seek your Cooperation And Trust

I confidentially email you,after i read Your profile to make a
passionate appeal to you to Assist me claim our family secret
deposited fund.Please Itís just my urgent need for foreign partner
that made me to contact you for your assistance.
I am very happy to come across a reasonable human being like you and I
promised you that I must remain honesty through out this transaction
with you . Please without wasting time I need your honest and humanity
to execute this transaction under your kind control for the mutual
benefit of our both families.
After due deliberation with my son i decided to contact you with hope that it
will be of mutual benefit to both of us and that you will not betray
me after the fund have arrive into your bank account.
I need your partnership in transferring this sum from my late husband's account as
soon as possible..I will finance this transaction , I will appreciate your full contact
information so that i will submit them to the security firm and
introduce you as my late husband foreign partner who came to claim the
deposit money for investment on our behalf. Once we receive your
urgent respond and assurance we will revealed to you all the necessary
information of the deposit and the bank contact details to enable you
contact them direct for more verification about the money and also
request for the procedures to transfer the money into your bank
Have wonderful day and remain blessed.

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