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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: Malika Abely <>
Reply-To: Malika Abely <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:44:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Re:_De_la_se=C3=B1ora_Malika?=

Hola querida,

Soy la Sra. Malika Abely, tengo 56 años, soy cristiana y también viuda sin un hijo, quiero hacer una donación de $ 2.5 millones (dos millones, quinientos mil dólares) para ayudar a huérfanos y viudas y casas de beneficencia en su casa. País, y quiero que me asumieras que podrías recibir este fondo y usarlo a mi deseo a las necesidades de tu país, porque estoy gravemente enfermo, por favor siempre me pones en tus oraciones diarias porque no lo hago Saber dónde terminará conmigo. Dios te bendiga. Por favor, responda si logrará este deseo de mí. Sra. Malika Abely

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