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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: "HASSAN" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 21:34:10 +0000
Subject: i need your help


Due to my careful search for an honest, reliable and
sincere business partner, i got your contact from
internet and i ask if you can be trusted not to break
an agreement? Still, it took me time to make up my
mind to contact you and to offer you this proposal of
mine of which my whole life depends on.

My name is Mr HASSAN YOUSF, the son of Mr. Behki
YOUSF of blessed memory from Zimbabwe, During the
current crises against the farmers in Zimbabwe from
the supports of President Robert Mugabe to claim all
the white-owned farms to his party members and his
followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender
all farms to his party members and his followers.
My father is One of the most successful multy farmers
in our country and because he did not support Mugabe`s
ideas, Mugabes supporters invaded his farm and burnt
everything in the farm, killing him and made away with
a lot of items in my fathers farm.
Before his death, my father had deposited with
the sum of (USD $40.5 MILLION).
After the death of my father, I decided to move to
Republic of SENEGAL where i re-located under
political asylum as a refugee to seek for foriegn
patner overseas that will assist me to move this money
out of THE FINANCIAL HOUSE to your country as i have
made up my mind to invest and live in your country.
As an asylum seeker i am not allowed to operate any
Bank Account within DAKAR-SENEGAL.I have agreed to
offer you 7% of the total sum for your assistance as
soon as the money get`s into your account while 5%
will be mapped out for any expences that may be
incurred in the course of this transaction both local
and international.

I want truth and honest to be our watch word in this
transaction and please treat this transaction with
strictly confidential for the successful out come of
it. All I want you to do is to furnish me with
your personal phone and fax numbers and also your
private e-mail address for easy and urgent communication.

Note that this transaction is 100% Risk free and
absolutely confidential.

Thanks and God
bless you.
Sincerely Yours,

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