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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Roy and Susan Luthman." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 15:27:03 +0100

Urgent and Confidential.

Dear Friend,

I am Roy Luthman a 21 years old boy and my sister is Susan a 19 years old girl,we are the only survival son and daughter of late prominate business man Mr. Harrison Luthman from Yugoslavia. My father left Yugoslavia in the year 1971 to Angola in Africa there he started a new life career by buying and selling diamonds to foreign country such as Belgium i-e Brussels not quite long he met with my mother an Angola woman and they both engage in marriage all to enable him to gain ground in Angola.

After some years he had a private mining company called branch
energy unfortunate for him war broke out and he was assassinated by the
rebels simply because of diamonds and this led to untimely wind up of his investment but, nevertheless my father been a man with foresight had disclose to my mother that he deposited some huge amount of money with a security company outside Angola for future project and after his death ,this lead to immediate evacuation of my mother, myself and my sister to a country called SOUTH AFRICA where the money is deposited. So good, so bad, my mother as well after locating the security company due to much thinking she had to gave up the spirit some months after arrival.

Now presently I and my sister are lying helplessly in the refugee camp in CAPETOWN. My father deposited $32 million dollars which is in a trunk box and declares it as a family belonging. Dear I and my sister are hereby crying and demanding for your assistance over the retrievement of this consignment out of the security company to your country for onward lucrative business of our choice, in which you will be our guardian concerning the investment. Please we need a God fearing person one that is considerate in life and ready to be a good friend for us as this is the only heritage left for us.

Note! 15% of the total amount is map out for you and 5% is for every
expenses that we may incurs during the transaction. More also, all the
necessary document concerning the deposit is intact incase if the need call for it. Please email us with <> immediately you receive this mail.
Thanks and God Bless.

Yours Faithfully
Roy and Susan Luthman.


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