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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: "Mrs. Yara Abdulazeez" <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 06:40:44 +0200
Subject: 10:05:2021

My dearest

I am Mrs. Yara Abdulazeez 60 years old I'm hearing impaired and now a new Christian convert. I was married to late Engr. Samir Abdulazeez who was a contractor in both Hong Kong and London, for Twenty Six years before he died in the year 2015 after a brief illness, and during the period of our marriage we had a 23 yrs old son who died in an auto crash three years ago while going for his studies.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US11.5M with a financial institution in Hong Kong. Following my ill health Cancer of the Lungs, doctors told me that I may not live longer than required due to my health condition. I am looking forward to seeing someone who can use this money in charitable works. More details will be made known to you upon your response.

May God Bless You
Mrs. Yara Abdulazeez.

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