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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: "Jennifer Amina" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 07:18:14 -0700

Hello Am sorry to disturb you with my mail. My name is Jennifer Amina, there is serious war crisis in my country Syria, and I have lost my parents and my two brothers in war. I am now in Europe as a refugee.
I am write this mail to you bacause I want you to help me and receive (GBP.2.000.000) Two million British pounds sterling which my late father deposited with my name in a bank in Europe, and the bank sent me an E-mail yesterday that I should come and claim the money because I am the only surviving person in my family. I want you to receive the money on my behalf and keep it safe for me, because the money is in my name.
I accept to give you 40% of the money and take 60% to start new life and promise I will be honest to you and give you any information you request from me.
Contact me for more details of the transaction:

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