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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: Mrs Melania <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 23:01:46 +0000
Subject: Greetings


I'm contacting you based on your good profiles I read and for a good
reasons,Though I have not meet with you before but I believe that one has
to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

Coming with this decision was not easy for me,but this is the only option
left for me to partnership with you

My name is Mrs Melania Galfoury .. My late husband deals on Crude Oil with
Federal Government of Sudan and he has a personal Oil firm in Bentiu Oil
zone town and Upper
Nile city. What I have experience physically, I don't wish to experience it
again in my life due to the recent civil Ethnic war cause by our President
Mr. Salva Kiir
and the rebel leader Mr Riek Machar, I have been Under United Nation refuge
camp in chad to save my life and that of my little daughter.

Though, I do not know how you will feel to my proposal, but the truth is
that I sneaked into Chad our neighboring country where I am living now as a
I escaped with my little daughter when the rebels bust into our house on
and killed my husband as one of the big oil dealers in the country, ever
since then, I have being on the run.

I left my country and move to Chad our neighboring country with the little
ceasefire we had, due to the face to face peace meeting accord coordinated
by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry and United Nations in Ethiopia
(Addis Ababa) between our President Mr Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Mr
Riek Machar to stop this war.

I want to solicit for your partnership with trust to invest the $8 million
dollars deposited by my late husband in Bank because my life is no longer
safe in our country, since the rebels are looking for the families of all
the oil business men in the country to kill, saying that they are they one
that is milking the country dry.

I will offer you 20% of the total fund for your help while I will partner
with you for the investment in your country. If I get your reply,

I will wait to hear from you so as to give you details.
With love from
Mrs. Melania Galfoury

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