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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: gusto jeanbazz <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:23:33 +0000
Subject: Mutual Benefits

Mutual Benefits

Gusto Jeanbazz.


My name is Mr.Jeanbazz Gusto a bonifide origin of sudan.Please I want you to assist me in transfering the sum of /US$16.2Million(Sixteen Million,Two Hundred Thousand Dollars)which my late father Mr George Gusto deposited a United Kingdom Firm.

By statutory implications the fund will be handed over to the united kingdom government authorities if i did not withdrawl it within the next two months. All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will re-profile the funds documents in your name, which will enable the firm to transfer the fund into your account.

I have every details on how you will go about it and i will instruct you on what to do as soon as I hear from you.I will give you 15% share of percentage for your acceptance to partnership with me in this direction and above all,I intend to invest my share into properties pending our agreement to work together as partners.

While Thanking you for the confidence ,i look forward to have a mutually benefit business relationship with you .
Please i want you to indicate your interest in assisting me to tranfer this fund/money into your account, by sending your following contacts to me:


Immedaitely i receive this informations, the services of a legal expert will be required to procure the documents that will be use from the ministry of justice in Dakar to facilitate the transfer of the fund into your legitimate account. I guess you will keep it confidential,it is riskfree transaction.

Please treat as urgent to prevent delay.
Awaiting your reply.
Thanks .

Yours sincerely

Jeanbazz Gusto.

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