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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: susan smith <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 06:53:59 -0800

I want to invest this money in your country and i need your assistance in the investment.
I want to drop you a quick note because I did not hear Back from you concerning the information I sent you
The other day. Incase you did not receive the letter introducing my Intent.

I am Mrs. Susan Smith from London .wife to late Mr. Clement Smith who
was the former Branch chairman Of the petroleum oil company in Kuwait for nine years,
Who perished in fatal accident on 18TH JULY 2004 on His way to a meeting with his secretary (MR. MARTIN
GREENBERG) OF FLORIDA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I gotYour mail through my private search and out of Desperation I decided to reach you through this medium.
My late husband deposit USD$25 million in a bank here in London and I want to invest the money in your country,
Before the death of my late husband he told me that I Have to invest this money out of London that he don't
Want any body from his office or our country to know About this money, that is why I contacted you so that
You will help me to transfer this money out from The bank to your country for investment as I told you.

I want you to receive this fund on my behalf in your Country so that we can invest it for a good business
And invest on a profitable business venture on agreed If you are interested, please reply via my email address.
Upon your Response, I shall then provide you with more details, and further Explanations that will help you understand the transaction.
No doubt This proposal will make you apprehensive, please I implore you to Observe utmost confidentiality and rest assured that this transaction Would be most profitable for both of us because I will require your Assistance to invest my share in your country.
I await your swift response and hope that you will accept my Proposal, as time is of equal essence in this project as well as is
Mrs. Susan Smith
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