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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: "Ana Mimi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:54:37 +0100
Subject: Thanks For Your Effort So !! / Gracias por tu esfuerzo tan !!

Hello  ,
How are you doing today, I do hope that my mail meet you and your household well and in good health?
I wish to inform you that i have successfully claim and moved my inheritance fund to Saudi-Arabia through the help of my new partner from Saudi-Arabia. My Partner is currently busy with the investment project in Dubai and I also have a successful medical treatment in a Hospital in Hamburg, German.I am fully ok health wise and sound now.
I still can`t forget all your effort to help move the fund despite it didn`t work out, I and my partner agreed to mapped out something for you as compensation for all your effort you put to help me. I do leave behind the sum of $800.000 for you, do contact Mr Adam Smith so that she will transfer the money to you immediately.
Below is Mr Adam Smith contact details
Name: Mr Adam Smith
Address: Cotonou-Benin-Rep
Please contact me immediately you receive the money.
Yours Little
                          Ana Mimi
---------------------- Spanish ---------------------
Hola  ,
¿Qué tal está hoy? Espero que mi correo lo reciba a usted y a su familia con buena salud.
Deseo informarle que he reclamado y trasladado con éxito mi fondo de herencia a Arabia Saudita con la ayuda de mi nuevo socio de Arabia Saudita. Mi socio está actualmente ocupado con el proyecto de inversión en Dubai y también tengo un tratamiento médico exitoso en un hospital en Hamburgo, Alemania. Estoy completamente bien en cuanto a salud y sensaciones ahora.
Todavía no puedo olvidar todo su esfuerzo para ayudar a mover el fondo a pesar de que no funcionó, mi socio y yo acordamos trazar algo para usted como compensación por todo el esfuerzo que ha realizado para ayudarme. Dejo atrás la suma de $ 800,000 para usted, comuníquese con el Sr. Adam Smith para que ella le transfiera el dinero de inmediato.
Abajo están los detalles de contacto del Sr. Adam Smith
Nombre: Sr. Adam Smith
Dirección: Cotonou-Benin-Rep
Correo electrónico:
Por favor contactame inmediatamente recibas el dinero.
Tuya pequeña
                          Ana mimi

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