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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: Susan Mbarote <>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:23:02 -0500
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,
I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but do consider it as an emmergency. I introducing my self as Ms.Susan Mbarote. 21years of age,from the republic of Sudan in Africa,now seeking for church Mission camp in
Dakar Senegal under the UN destitude home. I am the only Daugther of late COL Wateral Mbarote. was managing director of Zamgo and Associates (Ltd) based in Khartoum in Sudan, before he was poisoned to death by his business associates
on one of their outing to discuss on a business.However, after their death I managed to escape with a very important documents DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE of Five Million and Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars($5.700,000) in a finances
company which i am the next of kin. I seek a trust worthy foriegn person to assist me achieve my late father fund because of my situation here.I got your contact from this google I will be gladly to give you 25% of the
total sum for your assistance input. please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email address: ( for
further explanation on how we will proceed. Awaiting your immediate response,
Thanks and God bless.Best Regards
Ms.Susan Mbarote.

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