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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: "Daniel Mubala" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 13:41:30 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend Treat urgent !

Good Day


I would like to apply through this medium for your
co-operation and to secure an opportunity to invest
and do joint business with you in your country ,i feel
confident therefore to introduce myself and this offer
to you based on this problem of war in my country.

I have a substantial capital i honourably intend to
invest in your country into a very lucrative business
venture of which you are to advise and execute the
said venture over there for the mutual benefits of
both of us.

I will make my proposal well known if I am given the
opportunity I would like to use this opportunity to
introduce myself to you. Well my name is Daniel Mubala
the only surviving son of MR Yaya MUBALA a diamond
dealer from KENEMA in Sierra Leone .My father is now
late he died some months back during the last and
current crisis in my country Sierra Leone .He was
Killed by the rebels for refusing to join and sponsor

The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek
your assistance in the area of my future investment
and also for a help hand over some huge amount of
money he left behind. This money 4.8million dollars
is deposited in a security and trust company in
Dakar Senegal for safe keeping some years ago by my
father and he made me the sole beneficiary .I am
now asking you to stand on my behalf to claim the
deposit from the security company and assist me on
investing it as well in your country.

I have made up my mind to offer you 25% of the total
sum and also map out 5% for any expenses that will be
made during the transaction while the remaining will
go into investment and my use.

As I have mention earlier I will make the procedure to
this issue to be well known to you if I am given the
opportunity to do so in my next message .Pls attach your direct and full information as you reply to this mail also include your personal contact phone number for more easy communication.

Thanks and remain bless

Daniel Mubala

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