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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: "Mr. Abdul Hassan" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 04:38:40 -0700
Subject: ..I'm waiting for your answer...

My name is Mr. Abdul Hassan and i want to ask you for a special assistance in getting a
fund left behind by a citizen of your country who has the same last name (Surname) with you.
He has a deposit of (Thirty One Million United States Dollars Only) $31 Million USD in a bank
here in our country. If you are interested, please kindly get back to me for more information.
Mr. Abdul Hassan

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