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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. Ali Ahmed" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:01:16 -0800
Subject: God Day.


Contacting you officially is my pleasure for a great unique business investment in your region.
However, I need your official consent and co-operation that will be of best interest and great
achievement in our favor, over the investment sum of ($12.6Millions US Dollars or more).

I'll appreciate your response for more business details to proceed officially.
Thanks in anticipation.

Yours Sincerely
Ali Ahmed Mohammed Hamad.

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