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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: Ana Mimi <>
Date: 16 Feb 2019 09:12:24 -0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?VGhhbmtzIEZvciBZb3VyIEVmZm9ydCBTbyAhISAvIERhbmtlIGbDvHIgZGVpbmUgTcO8aGUgc28gISEgIDA5?=

Здравейте ,
Как се справяте днес, надявам се, че моята поща ще ви посрещне
добре и в добро здраве?
Искам да ви информирам, че успешно съм предявил и преместил
наследствения си фонд в Саудитска Арабия с помощта на моя нов
партньор от Саудитска Арабия. Моят партньор в момента е зает с
инвестиционния проект в Дубай и аз също имам успешно лечение в
болница в Хамбург, Германия. Сега съм напълно здрав и здрав.
Все още не мога да забравя всичките си усилия да помогна за
преместването на фонда, въпреки че не се получи, аз и моят
партньор се съгласихме да начертаем нещо за вас като компенсация
за всичките ви усилия, които полагате, за да ми помогнете.
Оставям за вас сума от 800 000 долара, свържете се с г-н Адам
Смит, така че тя веднага да ви преведе парите.
По-долу са описани координатите на г-н Adam Smith
Име: г-н Adam Smith
Адрес: Котону-Бенин-Реп
Моля, свържете се с мен веднага, след като получите парите.
Вашият Малко
                          Ана Мими
                          Ana Mimi

------------------------ In English ------------------------
Hello ,
How are you doing today, I do hope that my mail meet you and your
household well and in good health?
I wish to inform you that i have successfully claim and moved my
inheritance fund to Saudi-Arabia through the help of my new
partner from Saudi-Arabia. My Partner is currently busy with the
investment project in Dubai and I also have a successful medical
treatment in a Hospital in Hamburg, German.I am fully ok health
wise and sound now.
I still can`t forget all your effort to help move the fund
despite it didn`t work out, I and my partner agreed to mapped out
something for you as compensation for all your effort you put to
help me. I do leave behind the sum of $800.000 for you, do
contact Mr Adam Smith so that she will transfer the money to you
Below is Mr Adam Smith contact details
Name: Mr Adam Smith
Address: Cotonou-Benin-Rep
Please contact me immediately you receive the money.
Yours Little

Ana Mimi

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