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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: Habedu Selena <>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:52:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Important pls

My Regards,

My name is Miss Selena Habedu. I am 20years old and daughter of Late Mr Daniel Habedu,who was a politician and cocoa merchant. He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising in my country, before his death he deposited the sum of Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,200,000.USD) and 11 kilos of gold in Prime Bank here in Africa,he intended to invest on a Cocoa processing industry with the fund.

I want you to help me to transfer the fund to your country or any safer place.I have plans to investment in your country, like real estate or other lucrative venture. This is my reason for writing to you as my uncles are after this wealth and my life. Please if you are willing to assist me,indicate your interest by replying me.

Thanks and have a pleasant day .

Miss Selena Habedu

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