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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: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:53:54 -0800
Subject: Hassan al-Bashir

My name Hassan al-Bashir, the last son of former President of Sudan. I
know this message will come to you as a surprise based on the fact
that we don’t know each other but I need an urgent help for securing
the sum of $ which is currently deposited in a private
security company in London.

If you are interested in assisting my family, do get back to me so
that I can give more details to you.

Best Regards
Hassan al-Bashir

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