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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: suza vaye <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 00:13:44 +0000
Subject: Mr.Ray Umar(SAM)

Attn: I work as the Head of Fund Manager representing WACHOVIA BANK PLC in United States but based in London U.K .I have an Investor under my portfolio with a closing balance of $20 millionas his first initial deposit. This Investor died two years ago leaving no WILL or AUTHORIZATION for re-transfer of his Investment and its proceeds to the INHERITOR and because of the laws here in London U.K we have been able to move the fund out to the WACHOVIA BANK PLC in washington d.c for safe keeping. I have personally carried out an Investigation on the subject matter that takes me 9 months to finalize and was made to understand that the Family or Relatives of the Investor knows nothing about his Investment and none have any records of all his deposits and investment with us leaving an avenue for claiming of the said funds with its accrued interest on presentation of a trustworthy person that can stand as the INHERITOR to the deceased. If you are interested, I can present you as the INHERITOR with all the relivant informations and proper documentation that will qualify you to have the funds claimed and on doing this, our establishment will not question the release of the funds to you as I will make sure that we comply with the laid down rules and laws of claiming the Investment of a deceased Investor in our Establishment. Our sharing ratio will be 60:40.Please contact me for more details breakdown if interested. Looking forward to hearing from you shortly . Sincerely. Mr.Ray Umar(SAM)
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