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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: "Sandra Younes" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 00:30:29 +0300
Subject: Help a girl in need

Good Day,

Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may
offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and
writing through this channel.

I came across your name and contact on the course of my personal searching
when i was searching for a foreign reliable partner. I was assured of your
capability and reliability after going true your profile.

I'm (Miss. Sandra) from Benghazi libya, My father of blessed memory by
name late General Abdel Fattah Younes who was shot death by
Islamist-linked militia within the anti-Gaddafi forces on 28th July, 2011
and after two days later my mother with my two brothers was killed one
early morning by the rebels as result of civil war that is going on in my
country Libya, then after the burial of my parents, my uncles conspired
and sold my father's properties and left nothing for me. On a faithful
morning, I opened my father's briefcase and discover a document which he
has deposited ($6.250M USD) in a bank in a Turkish Bank which has a small
branch in Canada with my name as the legitimate/next of kin. Meanwhile i
have located the bank,and have also discussed the possiblity of
transfering the fund. My father left a clause to the bank that i must
introduce a trusted foreign partner who would be my trustee to help me
invest this fund; hence the need for your assistance,i request that you be
my trustee and assist me in the process.

You will also be responsible for the investment and management of the fund
for me and also you will help me get a good school where i will further my

I agreed to give you 40% of the $6.250M once the transfer is done. this is
my true life story, I will be glad to receive your respond soonest for
more details to enable us start and champion the transfer less than 14
banking days as i was informed by the bank manager.

Thanks for giving me your attention,

Yours sincerely,
Miss. Sandra Younes

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