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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: "Dr John Mutale." <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 12:12:15 +0000
Subject: Dr John Mutale.

I know you will be very suprise reading from a stranger
you have never met or known from anywhere. I am Dr John
Mutale from Sudan, I am one of the senior Rebel leaders,
from the Christian side under the leadership of the former
Vice president John Garang. who died on the 31st july 2005.
You can read more of this story at: .

I have been here in Dakar Senegal since the death of Vice
president John Garang. You will definitely find this mail
strange in the first place, my aim of sending this mail to
you is that as a result of the demise of the rebel leader,the
vice president,crises will continue in the country for a very
long time and I also want to solicit your assistance in
transfering some money that I have in a bank here in Senegal
into your account.This is because my residence status in senegal
does not permit me to move such huge volume of money.The amount
in question is $15.3million(Fiften million,three hundred thousand
us dollars) and I would like to invest the money in your country
since I cannot go back to my country for very long time.

As my present situation will not allow me handle such volume
of transaction because of the crisis. I want to use your name
and account to transfer the money. Please I need your help in
this to make every arrangement of transfering this money out of
Senegal a success. Please if you can assist me in this regards,do
not hesistate to contact me immediately so that I can furnish you
with all the necessary information and procedure for the transaction.

Thanks ,
Sincerely Yours.
Dr John Mutale.

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