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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: arezu shusha <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:52:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: As-Salaam-Alaikum,

  How are you and how is your work? i hope that all is well with you, My name is Arezu Shusha 
from Iran but leave
in Senegal ,i
know that you may be surprise how i get your email, i got your email
today when i was browsing looking for honest partner,then i feel to
drop this few line to you , please try and reply me back i have very
very important thing to tell you and for us to know each other and
exchange our pictures, we may become partner. i am waiting  to hear
from you soon.
Miss Arezu Shusha.

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