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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. Fathi El-Sammak" <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2018 23:30:00 +0000
Subject: From Mrs. Fathi El-Sammak.

Compliments of the day,

I am Mrs Fathi El-Sammak, I'm writing this message to you With due respect,=
trust and humanity, I got your email address after an extensive on-line se=
arch via network power charitable trust for a reliable person. I appeal to =
you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I feel quite =
safe dealing with you in this important message, I'm sincerely writing this=
email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, I will really lik=
e to have a good understanding with you and i have a special reason why i d=
ecided to contact you, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my si=
tuation. I'm writing you from hospital bed, Therefore this message is very =

I have a donation to make which I will need your assistance to carry it out=
, I will be 62 years old this coming month, I'm a widow and a government wo=
rker for many years here in Ivory Coast. I have sum of $3.8 Million, Three =
Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars with my late husband H=
on. Amr El-Sammak , I want to give it out to orphanages homes and Charity o=
rganizations as a vow.

This are the favour i need from you after you received the fund under your =
(1) Give 60% of the money to Charity organizations, orphanage homes and e.t=
.c, on my name so that my desires will be fulfilled.
(2) The remaining 40% should be for you and others that you may personally =
wish to assist.

Remain Blessed.
Mrs Fathi El-Sammak.

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