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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: "Suhaili Hassan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:27:47 +0800
Subject: Quick Response.

Can I trust you to do business of US$16.2 Million United State Dollars? I know this may sound like a scam, as plenty dubious activities are taking place over the internet today. I assure you that this is authentic and legitimate.

A deceased client of mine, who hereinafter shall be referred to as my client, died as a result of a heart-related conditions. I have contacted you to assist me in distributing the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank, who is holding this deposit valued at Sixteen Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. ($16,200,000.00 USD). The bank has issued a notice to contact the next-of-kin, in the case where no next-of-kin is provided, the account will be confiscated.

Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Treat this case with absolute confidentiality and sincerity. I look forward to your quick response.

Suhaili Bin Hassan
Attorney at Law

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