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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:

Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 02:38:40 +0300
Subject: Re: Hello Dear

I am Mrs. Farida Omar, from the South Pacific Ocean, a widow to Late Engineer
Ismail Omar, who worked with Saudi Arabian Chevron Inc. my late husband
Engineer Ismail Omar died with our 2 children in a horrific accident on the
Dammam-Riyadh Highway in the year 2012. After the death of my husband and my 2
children I discovered that I have (CANCER-LEUKEMIA). I now decided to divide
part of this wealth, by donating the sum of USD$ (Ten Million
United States Dollars only) to you. By the special Grace of God, it is my last
wish to see that 80% of the total amount is invested in any Charity Society of
your choice and including Disabilities...

Mrs Farida Omar

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