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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: Evlyne Loba <>
Reply-To: Evlyne Loba <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 18:23:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assistance


Thanks for your attention and I pray that my decision
to  contact you will be given genuine approval.I crave your permission
to introduce myself. I am Miss. Evelyn Loba. and I humbly write to
solicit for your  partnership and assistance in the transfer and
investment of  my inheritance funds from my late father who  died
mysteriously.The amount he left is US$7,500,000.000.($7.5m) I will be
giving you 25% of the fund for your assistance while you will be into
partnership with me in the management of the fund:

Once you
signify your  interest to partner with me, I will be giving you more 
details such as my photo, address, telephone number,  documents relating
to the transaction and the bank.

Please kindly reply me for more details

Your urgent
response will be appreciated.
Best Regards,
Miss. Evelyn Loba

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