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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: Mrs felicia clatus <felyclatus@freesurf.fr>
Reply-To: justinclatus@uymail.com
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:40:46 +0200
Subject: Family sincere greetings


Dear friend
I am a Sierra Leon nationality, presently residing here in
theNeighbouring country Benin republic as a result of war that erupted
in Freetown.
I got your contact from your country business guide.We therefore solicit
for your assistance to grant us the moral andtechnical advice that we may
require to Relocate/invest overseas.
It is true that I had not known you before, but I have no option than to risk

believing that God will not let us alone. It's my pleasure to Contact you
for a business venture which I and my Son, intend to establish in your
country.
When war erupted in Freetown, there is certain Amount ofmoney totalling USD
nineteen million ($19,000,000.00) which my late husband was able to move out
of Sierraleon through a diplomatic channel, with theassistance of a
securities and finance company before he was assassinated by unknown
persons.
Now I and my son decided to invest these money in your country or any
where safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.
IMPORTANT
We want you to understand that you will assist us to secure these funds
forthe investment first, from the securities company.
We are interested in hospitality industry
If you want to assist us, feel free to contact me urgently through my
son justin ,who is presently seeking asylum in Europe Through this email
address(justinclatus@uymail.com)
to enable him give to you further Information relative to
the presence/position of funds which will authorize the securities company
to release to you as our partner and beneficiary
Regards
Mrs felicia clatus

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