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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: Al-Ghazali Mizita <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:11:52 +0600
Subject: HELLO

I am Ms. Mizita Al-Ghazali, presently in Syria.My father was a
foreigner, who worked in the Middle East and Persian Gulf crude and
gas fields while mother was Arab. Both were killed in an air attack
making me an orphan. I am their only child. My Father left me a US$
27. 5 Million inheritance and I wish to leave Syria and never to
So I need you to receive, invest and manage it. This will be based on
terms of agreement to be reached.
I await your immediate response.
Ms. Mizita Al-Ghazali.

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