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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: "MRS SUZANNE MUBARAK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:03:29 +0700

Attention Please,

I am Mrs. Susanne the wife of the Former Leader in Egypt Hosni Mubarak. You may aware that my husband is presently facing retrial in Egypt and we his family members are not free. All our documents and Money has been seized to prevent us from traveling out of the country.

I need somebody from outside my country who I can transfer my funds to. For the future of my children, The Amount is US$50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million United States Dollars).You can imagine the government had seized my family up keeping assets in Egypt, Please if you are capable to receive and handle the $50,000,000.00 USD keep me posted urgently.

I want you to indicate your interest and provide the basic information to me as follow. Your Full name, Address, Age, and cell phone number. So that I will forward them to my accounting officer in the bank out side my country Egypt immediately to verify your capability and transfer the fund to you for business purpose and for safe keeping for the future of my children, I need your honesty and trust, if you will be good to me I will entrust more funds on your care, and we will negotiate on the percentage that I will offer you of the total funds. I waite your respond.

Yours Faithfully.
Mrs. Susanne Hosni Mubarak

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