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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: "gat gatubutu" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 12:08:08 +0000
Subject: +Kindest Attention+

From . Mr. Gat Gatubutu.
Date: 01 - 11 - 06

Kindest Attention:

My name is Mr. Gat Gatubutu, I am from Portugal . I have been diagnosed
with Esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and
right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical
experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really
cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich,
I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on
my business as that was the only thing I cared for.But now I regret all
this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or
make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second
chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how
I have lived it.
Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property
and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as few
close friends .I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I
have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be
one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have Distributed money
to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that
my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I
once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in
Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with
what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is
the huge cash deposit of Thirty Million United States
Dollars($30,000,000,00) that I have with an Finance Vaulting Unit
Abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to
charity organizations.
Kindly note that 35% of this funds must go to the tsunami victims,60%
to other Charity Organization and 5% for your effort and time.
I cannot talk with you on the phone due to my health situation, as I am
using my Lap Top Computer to communicate with you. You should respond to
this e-mail if you are interested in carrying out this assignment on my
God be with you.
Mr. Gat Gatubutu.

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