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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: "Abu Usman" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 01:48:34 -0700
Subject: Greetings


I am indeed glad to be in contact with you even though this medium of communication (internet) has been grossly abused by criminal minded
people making it difficult for people with genuine intention to correspond and exchange views without skepticism.

This is a private effort to introduce a partnership intention and proposal to you, I decided to write to you. I have decided that I seek your assistance in a matter that requires your urgent attention

I'm Abu Usman from Afghanistan, and I am contacting you due to the ongoing takeover by the Taliban in my country.

I need your urgent response to help me receive some funds for me.If this is something you can do, I will appreciate your early response, so that I can provide more and appropriate details of the entire proposal, given the fact that this is only a skeletal introduction.

I will appreciate if you could let me have the following information

1. Your Name
2. Address
3. Your cell Phone Number.
4. Occupation

Your positive response will be highly appreciated. As soon as I receive your response I will get back to you Asap.

Abu Usman

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