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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.MathieuDossou" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:32:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Can i trust you on this?

Dear Friend,

My urgent need for a foreign partner is the reason why i contacted you for this transaction. i got your contact from tourist search while i was searching for a foreign partner as this message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it is all just sure of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed to God about you.
I am a banker by profession in Cotonou, Benin Republic ,And currently holding the post of Auditor general in our bank. i have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($4.1 Million Dollars) of one of my bank's clients from  Lebanon who died along with his entire family also who owns a business empire here in Benin Rep on his way back to his country for a festival.

Hence,i contacted you because you have the same last name as the deceased so,I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40% if you agree to my business proposal. Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return email.
Please indicate your willingness by sending your profile for more clarification.I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free,you will be required to stand as the next of kin whereby all the necesarry documents to the claim of this fund is intact within my reach as
his account confidant.
Hoping to hear from you immediately
Yours faithfully
Dr Mathieu Dossou
Mobile : +229-97983584

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