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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: "Helina Amira Mohammed" <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 03:54:44 +0000
Subject: Good day to you and I hope you are safe


I hope this message does not end up in spam.

Good day to you and I hope you are safe

My name is Helina Amira Mohammed, daughter of H.E. (Sahib us-Sa'ada) married Prince Sa'Id in Saudi Arabia. I got your contact from a reliable source as someone whom I can trust.? As a woman in the Kingdom, I am not allowed to do business or operate investment ventures as a house wife.

I seek individuals or companies outside the kingdom with ground presence and experience in business that can assist me receive my money value $50.5 Mill in USD and invest them in profitable ventures while I plan for

I will keep this brief until I hear from you.
Have a nice day,
Helina Amira Mohammed

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