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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: "Miss. Mohed Salif" <>
Reply-To: "Miss. Mohed Salif" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:03:03 +0000 (UTC)


I am Miss Mohed Salif. I am 25 years old and I am the daughter of late Mr. Sani Salif who died on the 12th June 2013. I lost my parents on the plan crash and I have no body to assist me again.

I am presently in the country where my late father deposited the sum of $9.5Million usa (Nine million five hundred thousand united state dollars)

I want you to stand for me as my beneficiary and guardians so that I can present you to the bank as my foreign business partner that will receive this fund.

I want to invest this fund in your country, where I can come to start a new life again and further my education, while you take care of the investment.

Reply me immediately if you can assist me, with your Full Name and your home address along with your direct telephone. So that I can visit the bank and present you to the bank.

I have with me the deposit documents that the bank issued to my late father when he deposited the funds.

I am the next of kin and it is written on the deposit documents and the bank is aware of it.

I wait for your urgent respond with your details.

Miss. Mohed Salif

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