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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: Yusof Azam Ismail <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:42:47 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Urgent!!!

I am Yusof Azam Ism
ail, an attorney at law.I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money
left behind by my client, who share the same last name as yours before it is co
nfiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at Six
Million, One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$6.1 Million). This bank
has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confi
scated.if you are interested contact me via my personal Email: yusofazam.i01@w.c

Best regards,
Yusof Azam Ismail,
Attorney at Law

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