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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: julian <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:10:33 +0800 (CST)
Subject: THANKS for Your Response

Dear sir,

I am Mrs. Julian Robert the wife of Late Mr. Paul Robert the chief security officer to the former president of Somalia. At Present I am here in Cotonou, Republic of Benin . I got your contact through a resident engineein our nearby country.
In the course of the war in my country, my husband was arrested and killed by the rebel/opposition leader earlier February this year, due to his involvement in the Government of the former president of the country.

This situation has led my self and my child in a very bad/difficult situation here now. Which made me to contact you for an assistance in helping me totransfer out some huge amount of money which my husband have in his private safe in his account here in Republic of Benin .

The amount is THIRTY TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$32,000,000.) this was the money given to him to buy ammunition before he was arrested and killed by the opposition party. And the Government is not aware of this money in our custody here now.
I would have invited you to Somalia to see things yourself, but the situation here will not be suitable for you to come.
Now I needed your assistance to send the whole of this money out of here into your Private or company account over there for investment. I would have operated with this money here but due to the situation and my husband's involvement in the country's political crisis here, I cannot be allowed to use this fund here. Because we are under close monitor here.

Where your assistance could be possible, I will offer you 40% of the total sum (US$32,000,000.) and all your expenseswill be taken care of immediately after the transaction. Please, your prompt reply through my email:
will be highly appreciated to enable us conclude our internal arrangements here. Thanks and God bless you as you offer to assist
FROM:MRS.Julian Robert


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