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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 MOOREHEAD" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:48:34 -0800
Subject: My word is my bond

Untitled Document

Dear sir,


we have send to you the letter of invitation to visit National Irish
, Denmark in other for you to come down and sign the funds release
documents before we proceed to release the fund to you, and we also
send you another option which is plan b. to use the accredited
attorney to sign on your behalf and then release the fund to you upon
your fulfillment of the necessary obligation officially required from
my last email communique.

That will also give us an opportunity to send the card and the
checkbook with your activated online account working which will allow
you to sit in your home and be making wires out from your account with
National Irish Bank to your local account in your city, please kindly
get back to me as soon as possible and make sure you fully comply with
the official settlement of the outstanding charges before your fund
will be transfer to your name as the true beneficiary of the fund in


This is my word and i will like you to respect and regard my word
because my word is my bond, please call me on: + 1 212 845 9773 and +
1 212 845 9401 and +45 787 754 82.




Mrs. Susan Moorehead








Dear sir,


i have completed my job for perfectly, the card is ready and the
checkbook as well is ready, but the bank need you to apear first in
signing the fund release documents before they will authorise us to
release your fund to you, but due to your financial position at the
moment, you cannot come down immidiately, the bank advice you to use
our acredited attorney which the charges will cost you only but 2,000
euros, but i have just collected my pay check today, i will be able to
help you and pay half of the charges which is 1,000 euros and please
pay the balance of 1,000 euros immidiately so that i will be able to
contact the acredited attorney to the National irish bank, denamrk to
sign on your behalf before the immidiate release of your fund and then
the card and the checkbook including your online access both will be
sent to your provided address without any more demanding or fees until
you finally receive the package and we will be sending wire transfers
to you bit by bit from $500,000 dollars per wires in each transaction.


Again we will introduce you to the international investment of your
fund, in rebuilding of iraq, investing on world market and investing
in oil wells in kuwaits and so many benefits will come your way once
you completely comply with my full request on this email message as
writeen above, i am going to make sure everything is pefectly cleared
for you without any more delay from this organisation, my joy is to
see you rejoice so that you can be able to start making use of your
fund, i will be expecting your call or email so that we will go ahead
and get this completed, you can email me on:  please call me on: + 1 212 845
9773 and +1 212 845 9401  and finally you can call me on: +45 787 754



Thanks for your understanding in this case


Mrs. Susan Moorehead





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