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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: "Dr.Mrs.Mariam Abacha" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:39:47 -0300
Subject: Investment Business Fund Transfer.

I am Dr.Mrs. Mariam Abacha,The wife of Late Gen. Sanni Abacha, ex-military Head of State (Federal Republic of Nigeria) who died of heart problem while still on active service .I am contacting you in view of the fact that we will be of great assistance to each other especially in the area of developing a cordial business relationship and also because of my need to deal with persons with whom I have not had any dealings with before due to the privacy and highly confidentiality of this business I need your assistance.
I need your assistance to transfer the Thirty million us dollars (USD$30Million) which was deposited in security vault with a bank name withheld to your country for investment purposes.
I am willing to accomplish this transaction with you without any further delay. If you are interested kindly revert back to me for more details.Reply to
Best Regards,
Dr.(Mrs.) Mariam Abacha.

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