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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: "Gustavo Forest" <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 16:33:35 +0200
Subject: From: Mr. Gustova Forest

From: Mr. Gustova Forest

To: The Manager/CEO

Dear Sir/madan,

My name is Gustavo Forest, I got your contact through your country Chamber
of Commerce and Industry, and I am writing to seek for your urgent business

I am an Auditor and my colleague with Barclay’s Bank Somerset Branch England
want to transfer to overseas bank account the sum of ($18,500.000.00)
Eighteen million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), it’s a Deal,
the money belongs to one Mr. Arnold Hasler of the blessed memory, he died
since 1995 living no name as Heirs of the fund deposited in the year 1990
with the Barclay's bank’s Escrow Acc , now we want to transfer the money to
your region or country in particular then we share the money among ourselves
since nobody have ever come forward to claim the money and instead the Bank
to confiscate the money should they (Bank) know the history of the money,
therefore we have decided to give you 30% as the facilitator, 5% to cover
expenses and 65% left for me and my colleague.

Meanwhile due to the menace of terrorists attack in England and America
which make it difficult for us to transfer the money through Bank-Bank, we
therefore have solidly make a comprehensive arrangement to move the money in
cash to your country through Diplomatic baggage, therefore, I want you to
indicate your interest/preparedness to receive the money which is already
in Safety Box ready for transportation, soon the money leaves UK here to
your destination, I will travel down to meet with you for us to secure the
money together then you help me to open bank account where I will deposit
our share of 65% which I will like you to help me and invest my own share
into properties investment in your country. If your are interested and
capable, reply to this mail and indicate your interest so that I can give
you more insight on the terms/modalities and as well as the
information’s/documents needed from you to enable us complete the
documentation on the shipment to in favor of your name.

Please reply to this mail and send to me your direct telephone number
and call me on my pvt telephone + 44 70111 20561 to enable discuss in
details and Seal the Deal immediately.

Waiting for your earliest response and treat as urgent/confidential.
Best regards,
Mr. Gustavo Forest.
Tel/ + 44 70111 20561

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