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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: "Mr. Hassan Rouhani" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:43:17 -0800

Dear Friend,

I hope this mail meet you in good health, I'm contacting you for a
transaction of USD$41.6, Million Dollars. You will be rewarded with
35% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? Your
assistance and support is needed to transfer the Fourth one Million
Six hundred Thousand US Dollars out of the Institution where I work,
to your bank account in your Country.

This is an abandon sum and it belongs to our late customer Mr. Heidi
Salf Al-Islam, a Libya oil tycoon who died with his family as result
of war in Libya on 31th of December 2010/2011. This fund was left
unclaimed in custody of the Firm for safe keeping and without a

The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your
readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.please
get back to me through this email (

My best regards,
Mr. Hassan Rouhani

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