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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:

Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:23:40 -0700
Subject: Hello Good Day

Dear Friend

my name is Mohamed Abdul Ahmed ,i am former aide to the late president
sani abacha,i worked as oil minister, i managed to secure the sum of
twenty million dollars cash contract over invoicing payment,the money
is with the security vault in Dubai,i need your assistance to
receive the said cash box from the delivering diplomat,it was
deposited as a family treasure,no body knows money was inside the
box,if you are ready and interested i will make you the NEXT of KIN of
the said cash funds,i am now seeking assylum in united kingdom,please
am ready to offer you 40% for your kind help and 60% will be for me
which you will invest on my behalf, please help me and keep it
confidential,send me your mobile phone number and address to enable
diplomat make the delivery to you as the new beneficiary, reply back
CALL ME: +2347088141143

thanks you very much for your understanding
yours truly
Kindly reply me back in my private mail:

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