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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?dennis=20mbassogo?= <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 04:27:46 +0100 (BST)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:





In my search for someone I can trust to consummate this noble business opportunity that is presently at my disposal, and with the opportunities to make a great successout of it, I decided to search the Internet Peoples Finder Directory, and I privately made a confidential search where

I got your contact I chose to propose this transaction to you, with the hope that you will partner with me to make this transaction a great success. I am Dennis Mbassogo, an Attorney at Law, a nationalof Equatorial Guinea, practicing in Dubai,United Arab Emirates.I writing to notifyyou of the TESTAMENT of lateMr. Morris Thompson, an American who unfortunatelylost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines,Flight 261 which crashed on January, 2000, includinghis wife and daughter. You can read more on this ifyou visit these

websites: client (late Morris Thompson) before his death made a deposit of Eighteen Million Five Hundred ThousandUnited States Dollars (US$18,500,000.00) in Dubai, UAE as free cash economy in his effort to avoid theobligatory payment of 40% income tax in the United States of America and most European countries withstringent banking rules in its monetary policies.Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his Next of Kin or relatives to come overand claim his deposit because the bank cannot release these funds unless a formal application is made in accordance with the UAE law oninheritance claim. Regrettably, I learnt that his supposed Next of Kin,which could be his spouse or his only daughter died along with him in the ugly Alaska airline crasleaving nobody with the knowledge of this huge deposit except me as his family lawyer. It is in this regardthat I and two officials of the bank decided to sol

icit your assistance, by presenting you as the next of kin to the deceased. We have agreed on the following sharing ratios; 20% for your assistance and 80% for me and the bank officials.

NB: This transaction is very confidential and 100%risk free as I have a copy of his LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT which I can alter to affix your name as the TRUSTEE & EXECUTOR. This transaction shall be executed under legitimate and legal procedures that will protect you from any breach of the Law. Conclusively, we shall await your response to include the followings:

(1).Your full name andaddress. (2).Your telephone and

fax numbers. (3).Your business name if any.

The above information you can forward either by email,

fax or telephone.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Mbassogo

- dennis mbassogo

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