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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: Aileen Samih <>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 22:32:31 +0200

Hello Dear God,s Select Good Day,

I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great
sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs.Aileen Samih, and I am contacting
you from my country Norway, I know that this message will be a
surprise to you, I want to tell you this because I don't have any
other option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you, I
married to Mr.samih Habib. A gold merchant who owns a small gold Mine
in Burkina Faso, before he died. We were married for eleven years
without a child

He died of Cardiovascular Disease in mid-March 2011. Since his death I
decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited
the sum of € 8.5 Million Euro) (Eight million, Five hundred thousand
Euros) in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in
west Africa Presently this money is still in bank.

Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of
seven months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is
my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to hand you
over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will
utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use
While 70% of the money will go to charity, people in the street and
helping the orphanage. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have any
body as my family member, just to endeavour that the house of God is
maintained. Am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept
my soul because these sicknesses have suffered me so much.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
bank in Burkina Faso and I will also instruct the Bank Manager to
issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present
beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you
will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

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Hoping to receive your reply:
From Mrs.Aileen Samih,

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