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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: Medina Mohad Bashir<>
Date: 06 Sep 2021 14:55:53 +0200

Hello dear,

I hope this desperate call for help gets to you in good health. I’m an Afghanistan helpless lady seeking your assistance. My husband and our son were killed by the Taliban rebels a few days ago and they have forced me and my daughter from our home. My husband worked with the former president who has now gone on exile due to the withdrawal of the international military protection we were enjoying before the US president withdrew them last month.

Please, I need your help to secure the only hope of survival that I and my daughter have. I’ve paid some contacts to take me and my daughter to Tajikistan or Uzbekistan, whichever is secure to travel to right now but I can’t embark on this journey with the two boxes which my husband buried underneath a farm not far from our house. These boxes contain valuables, gold and US dollars up to the sum of 4 million Dollars. I’m handing over these boxes to the Red Cross team going to the Turkey and I’ve informed my contact inside the Red Cross that someone will be contacting him to claim the boxes. The Red Cross person doesn’t know the content of these boxes as I told him it’s our family historical books and photos and some materials that means a lot to my family.

Upon your response and acceptance to help me receive these boxes, I will forward you the contact details of the Red Cross agent so that you can contact him immediately,

I don’t have regular access to the internet to avoid being tracked but I will try my best to check my email as soon  as I can expecting to hear from you so that I can send you the details of the person to contact at the Red Cross for the claim

Thanks in advance for your understanding and much needed help.


Medina Mohad Bashir

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