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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:

Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:38:18 +0100
Subject: Dear sir,,,,,1

Dear sir,
My name is Lucky Yobah,I am the son of late father Joseph Yobah who was the chief auditor to Omar Al Bashir the president of Sudan.We are Kenya by nationality but my late father worked in Sudan and i was born and brought up in Sudan.

My late father was the one who was controlling the funds of Omar Al Bashir.
My father died that is why Omar Al Bashir is having corruption cases with his officials,and they are all in Sudan prison.
My father died last year.

When my father was alive he deposited Trunk boxes that contains $40 million in one of the security company in Spain/Madrid.No one knows about this thing am telling you.My father is no more alive,and the funds is free for me.Because he made me the next of kin.

Sir,i want you to help me invest this funds into a good business that will let my life going.
Sir,after reading this email reply back to me so that we can talk more.If you have more questions please ask,because all the detail are with me.

When you reply we will discuss the percentage that i will give to you.We need to discuss your %.
I am waiting to hear from you .


Lucky Yobah.

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