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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: Mrs Nadya Salim <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 05:50:13 -0700
Subject: HELLO .

Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD Almighty and Our LORD JESUS CHRIST the giver of every good thing. Good day and compliments of the seasons, i know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence.

I am Mrs.Nadya Salim ,aging widow of 64 years old suffering from long time illness.I have inheritance from my late husband,and I needed a very honest and God fearing who can withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity works.I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me by reverting back to me with your,

Your Name;.......................
Your Telephone Number;...........

For further confidential details about this i will get back to you.

Thanks and remain bless.
Mrs Nadya Salim .

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