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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: =?UTF-8?Q?mrs_=C2=A0sefinatu_=C2=A0Almutawa?= <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:36:48 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: let me hear from you soon

Dear Sir,
I'm Mrs.Sefinatu Al-Mutawa, wife of late WaleedAl-Mutawa who died
along with 17 people including the UN's chief envoy to Iraq in the massive
bomb attack that wrecked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad-Iraq
View the Explosion site below :
My husband was a renowned Industrialist in Iraq , Until his tragic
death, he deposited the sum of $6.5 million (Six million Five hundred thousand
dollars) with a Security & Finance Firm in Europe for safe keeping .
My reason for contacting you is that Baghdad -Iraq is no longer a safe place
for investment for the fear of encountering the same experience of my late
husband in future since massive bomb attack are going on everyday killing
innocent people .
Based on this point I seek for your assistance as a reliable partner to do
this project with me Abroad. If you are interestedin assisting me to invest
this money in your country and becoming my partner in business, please try
to contact me as soon as possible. Endeavor to keep this transaction very
private and confidential because it's my lifetime future investment as I,m
a widow now and don?t want to be cheated .
NOTE: Kindly inform me what will be your PERCENTAGE for assisting me
Do include the following details in your reply .
(1) Full name and address (2) Occupation (3)Your age ,(4) Mobile
telephone number for easy Communication.
please reply to this my private mail
Yours faithfully ,
Mrs.Sefinatu Al-Mutawa.

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