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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: "Duoala Mbale" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 10:57:30 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.

My Dear Friend,

I am interested in a partnership investment programme with your

There is this huge amount of Five million Seven hundred and fifthy
thousand U.S dollars($5,750,000.00)which my late father kept in a
security/financial company before he was assasinated by unknown persons,
during a political crisis in my country.
My father deposited it as a family treasure and that was before his

Now I and mother left Angola to Senegal,through the help of my late
father's good friend.Right now we are in refugee camp and
wehave decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside my country Angola and the whole of Africa for security and political reasons.
We would want you to assist us to transfer this fund to your country
for safty and investment purposes on the followings below:

3).Real Estate Business

If you will be able of rendering an assistance to us we will
adequately compensate you 25% Of the total fund.

We will arrange all the necessary procedures in ensuring a smooth
process for the funds to get to you.We will also appreciate if you contact
me once you receive this mail to enable me give you more details.This
matter requires your urgent attention ,confidentiality and discretion no
matter what your decision maybe.

Thank you and God bless you.
Your's Sincerely,
Duoala Mbale

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