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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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Fraud email example:

From: "From Mrs. Miriam Rail" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:04:16 -0700
Subject: From Mrs. Miriam Rail

Dear Friend

With due respect, I observe every protocol and pay all due compliments. I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad prissily in your country. I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need your help regarding this project. I prefer any good profitable yielding business and I would appreciate any viable ideas you can come up with. I will also need your help in getting properties like Homes and Lands
for sale as I am proposing to invest the sum of Forty-Five Million United States Dollars ($45,000,000.00 USD) for the project.

I do not know if you can handle this project on my behalf there in your country because I have not been in your country for the first time in my life. For a brief on my personality; my name is Mrs. Miriam Rail, I am 54 years of age, wife of Late Mr Richard Rail, from Scotland based in Turkey who is a retired Business man died 8 years ago, formally he is into Solar and Recycling Energy, Crude Oil and Gas. Married with 2 lovely kids.I dropped my late husband's Shipping
business because it wasn't producing profitable income. I have had so many problems with the TURKISH Authority just because I am a foreigner and my husband knows more. coupled with the corruption rate and recent terrorist activity in the country.Hence my need for this business preposition and to acquire these properties is very urgent as I am planning to move out of this country with my family down to your country.

I want you to also help in finding a good home where my family and I will live. (Mini Estate) Please I expect your good and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly. Please if you are not interested kindly delete the message.

I wait for your swift response,

Mrs. Miriam Rail

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