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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: Sandrina Omaru <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 15:51:03 +0200
Subject: Miss. Sandrina Omaru

I'm very sorry for this sudden contact. I got your email address
through an online directory and I am contacting you personally because
I seriously needed your help. My name is Sandrina Omaru. I am a 21
years old girl and
the only daughter of my parents who were both assassinated during the
political crises in my country Ivory Coast.

My father worked for many years in an oil drilling company and he
deposited some money (€3,600,000.00) with my name in his bank before
he died and I want you to help me transfer this money to your own bank
account in your country and also help me come to your country to
continue my education. This is because after the death of my parents,
my wicked uncle wants to
kill me and collect my inheritance from me because I have no one to defend me.

I have reported my uncle to the local police here in my country, but
nothing has been done since then.

I am writing this mail from a local hotel where I am presently hiding
for my safety. Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as
possible. Immediately I confirm your willingness, I will send to you
my Picture and also inform you more details involved in this matter.

Kind Regards,
Miss. Sandrina Omaru

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