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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: "Heba Oudeh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2018 13:56:24 -0700
Subject: Re: Assistance

Dear Sir/Madam,
My name is Heba Oudeh from Damascus Syria, i am 28 years old. I contacted you to know if you can
help me to claim my inheritance. Please do not misunderstand this message because you are the 4th
person i have sent this message to and they called me lots of names. Please i beg you, if you are
not confortable with my request, kindly do not reply. If you can assist me, please reply to this
Best Regards,
Heba Oudeh

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