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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: "W.B. Omar" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:49:04 +0200
Subject: HI

Good day dear friend,
I believe you will understand my view here, that's my reason for writing to you privately via electronic message to get your concept concerning my family. Maybe in subsequent mails I will explain more to you but please treat this as confidential even if you didn't want to help me.
I'm Mrs. Widad Babiker Omar the wife of the ousted Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. You can view for your perusal: Please i would like you to help save my family's future by receiving the sum of USD17 Million dollars which i will want you to receive on behalf of my family for investment purposes and you will be rewarded for helping my family. Please it's risk free and not a hoax, you will have nothing to lose, what i need from you is your acceptance and readiness to help.
Please contact me back if you're interested to help my family so I can communicate with more needed updates and how to go about it. I want a reliable and honest individual that will help me handle this because it is my family future and only hope.
Please get back to me via my private e-mail:
Mrs. Widad

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