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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: sussan bien <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:39:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject: full trust

Dearest one;

How do you do?

Thank you for your response despite that it has been long i have been expecting your mail but any way no hope has never waxed cold because our church pastor preachs to us that what God has proposed to any body is for him or her provided the person is alife.

In these days ihave been waiting for your response i have belonged to one of the penticostal church in my city to see if God can bring a faithful person who canot betray me into this transaction.

My dear i am trust worthy do not fear to go on with me and have confidence with me i amfrom a good family with fear of God.And God knows i do not know who is barrister Eze and i do not know a kind of transaction you had with him and the reason you sent him or her the said $5000.

Although if what you said to me is truth you should take it that God has come to balance the money through me because immediately this save gets to your custody in your country by the diplomatic means from the security company you must to bank the funds in current account in your country so that as soon as i arrived to continue my education i have to offer you your interest or percentage as told you in my proposal.

I am waiting to hera fromyou so that i can give you the information of the security company ok.Trust me and have confidence with me i am a Godly minded child.

Thanks and good bye.

Sincerly Susan Bien

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