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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: "Kaya Kadiatu H." <>
Reply-To: "Kaya Kadiatu H." <>,
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:36:44 +0100
Subject: ASSIST ME.

Dear Sir,

How are you today? My name is Kaya Kadiatu H and I am 23 years old and I am from *Liberia*. I need your help. My parent died in bomb attack
during the war then I was at the age of 10. My late father was the Former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister.
Now that I have become an adult, my uncle have entrusted and have introduced me to my late father`s deposit of ($145 Million)
cash in trunk boxes deposited in a security company along with (GOLD of 25 Kilograms) and I need your help to move the money and Gold out of Africa for investment in your country.
Please contact me on my secure email address:

Kaya Kadiatu H.

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