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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: "Mr Gunther Siegfried" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:20:15 +0800
Subject: Barr.Mr. Gunther.Siegfried


As a matter of urgent, A client of mine Mr.Omar Ali whom here shall be referred to as my client,Passed-on as a result of health reasons on November 2004. His ill health was due to the death of all the members of his family in the Gulf Air Flight Crashes in Persian Gulf Near Bahrain Aired August 23, 2000 - 2:50 p.m. ET as reported in Cnn:/0008/23/bn.08.html

I have reached you to assist in distributing the capital deposit left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the institution where this deposit valued at Fifteen million is lodged.

This institution has issued me a notice to contact the successor,or the deposit will be confiscated. My intention to contacting you is to seek your consent to present you as the rightful successor of my late client, so that the proceeds can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage.

All paper works to justify this project as my client's successor will be secured gradually and forwarded to you,All that is needed of you is honesty to enable us see this project through. This will be concluded under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

If this project acquaintance offends your moral values,do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.

Best Regards,

Barr.Mr. Gunther.Siegfried
Personal Cell Phone:+60166505687

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