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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: "Umaro H Ahmed," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:31:56 -0000

Hello my follow Muslims brother

Is time we leave the United State of America, my name is Umaro H Ahmed, from Saudi Arabia leaving in USA for Over 15years now, I write this message from jail zone, I have been in prison for over 5years because of my family inheritance oil business firm which I inherited from my late father that was killed by this US government because of our oil business,

I have my family treasure in one box of fund which I want to move from USA here through Dubai secrete private security company, I have already loaded the cargo, through an agent?|s help, because my time is up from jail, I have order my US family agent to sale our house because I don?|t have the sprite again to leave in the US because of the Evil my family received from US government, at the moment I have camouflaged the box to be our family documentation items for security reasons.

Please I am in search of my good Muslims brother or sister who can help me receive this box fund and wait till I return from America ,

I write this message from my phone, please handle it confidential, if you are not capable in regards of confidentiality please disregard this message. But if you can please reply for more details

May Allah be with us here

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