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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: "From Mrs.Lsabel Muel." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:08:39 -0800
Subject: From Mrs.Lsabel Muel.

From Mrs.Lsabel Muel.
Dear Friend,
Compliments of the day, With due respect, trust and humility, I decided to consult you towards this transaction due to the need involve a foreign beneficiary and with the faith I have in God, I believe that you will be reliable and capable to assist me in transferring this fund into any safe trust account of your choice anywhere in part of the world for investment
purpose and I believe that you will not betray me after receiving this money into your account. In point of introduction, I am Mrs.Lsabel Muel, the wife of the late Eng, Frank Muel who lost his life in a plane crash on 14th November, 2009. My husband was a contractor with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and he was in the process of being paid his contract sum of $15million by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation through their paying bank before he lost his life and I am not in a position to lay claim to the fund as his wife at the time of his death, so Our family attorney advise me to look for a
person who will stand as my late husband business partner so that the fund can be paid to him. I decided to contact you from my personal research through a friend of my family adviser who works with the South African Chamber of Commerce Department of
World Trade and Industries, during my search for a reliable and competent foreigner to handle this confidential financial transaction so I decided to contact you to seek if you can assist me, so please do not feel bad receiving my mail.
The problem now is that I and my attorney have been served a notice that the Central Bank will confiscate the funds if we fails to provide the rightful Beneficiary within the next few months, in a situation which will be most unfortunate because I knew how my late husband suffered to get the funds released to him only for him to die just when he was about to reap the fruits of his labor. To that infect I seek your consent to present you as the nominated business partner of my late husband, so that the funds can be released to you as the rightful Beneficiary and everything will be handled legally by my attorney to
avoid any breach of the law. I have also decided that the sharing modality for the fund shall be 30% for you 60% is for me and my daughter while the remaining 10% will be set aside for any expenses incurred in the course of the transaction. And I guarantee you that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I will be looking forward to your indication of interest so that we can proceed with the process of claiming the funds. Please send me your fully information through my personal
Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Lsabel Muel

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