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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: ''Hajia Fatima Younis'' <>
Date: 30 Oct 2017 10:50:01 -0400


I am sending you this MAIL with pains and in sorrow. It is with
respect and humility I state the following few lines for your
kind consideration since we've never met before, and I know this
may come to you as a surprise. I am Mrs. Hajia Fatima Younis, the
wife of the slain Libyan rebels' chief of army staff, Late Gen.
Abdel Fatah Younis. My purpose of contacting you is to seek your
partnership in transferring the sum of $18,000,000.00 USD from my
late Husband's account here in Canada to your company account.

I will like to know from you, Do you have the capacity to handle
this transaction? I shall send you detailed mail regarding this
claim in my next mail if I receive your positive response.

Best Wishes,
Mrs. Hajia Fatima Younis.

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