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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: Dr B. Yakubu Yusof <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:17:17 +0800
Subject: GOOD DAY

Good Day,

How are you and your family? I know u will be surprise to see this email, well; I am Dr B. Yakubu Yusof. I'm a Saudi Arabia citizen but base permanently in UK London. I have a plan of Investing in Asian countries especially in your country or other countries, so I would be very glad if you can assist me in this venture.

I need your help and advice if it will be possible for me to buy about 5-6 acres of land for a hotel investment. Please let me know the procedures that are needed as a foreigner to do this investment in your country I also run some oil and gas business in Dubai and Saudi Arabia with other small pocket investments in my country and London.
Take a view at one of my investment in London .

I have map out some millions dollar to invest in which i am ready to buy a Land and developed especially in hotel business. But I will be very happy if you can inform me on any other business you know that is profitable in your country. Your advice is highly needed.
Hope you will assist and guide me well. Thanks, waiting for your Reply urgently. Reply me via my private email:


Dr. B. Yabubu Yusof

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