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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: Mathew Soriba <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:30:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent and Confidential!!!

My dear friend,

I know this might come to you as a surprise but,

I plead with you to consider this mail by reading carefully it's
Content. My name is Mathew Soribar and I come from the southern part of Sudan
Rich with oil. My father Dr. Suleiman Soriba was murdered by the Sudan people
Liberation army because for accusing them of supplying arms to the Sudan
liberation army who raided Al-Fashir and killed many officers and kidnapped
General Mohamed Bashir Suleiman.

The death of my father has brought sorrow to my life. But, the only thing I
can live for now is that I as my late father's only child am now an heir and
next of kin to $15.5m united state dollars which my late father deposited
with a Security Company in Ghana.

Dearest one I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance to be my
foreign partner and help me in transferring this fund into an account
abroad. So that I can invest this money and continue my education and your
advice and suggestions will be highly appreciated by me. Please permit me to
humbly ask these few questions:

(1)Can you honestly help me as a Son?
(2)Can I completely trust you?
3)What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in position?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Reply me via this email

Thank you so much
Mathew Soriba.

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