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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: usman musa <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 01:49:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Thanks,Waiting for your reply?

I am Musa Usman,From Liberia,My father is an oil Exporter in our country,Is one of the rich man in Liberia in our country and he died in car accindent,And i am his only son,And my father have a three wife And he told me that he have keep some money for me in security company for save keeping before he died.
And he told me that are should used the money for any business that i like to do before he died,And  because of my father two wife, I moved from Liberia to stay in Nebouring country,And the money is in security  company in Europe for saved keeping, Which i will like you to assist me to received the money in your country on behalf and used it for investment together,In the area of any investment in your country that  you know he we fresh us a good profit at the end of the day,And i can instruct the company to moved the money to you in your country for the  investment you will advice to do in your country for you to stand as the owner of the investment in your country,The amount of the money is  $US5.5M (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars).
And i promise to give you 20% of the money,For the assistance you will render to me in your country for the investment in your country and the share of the profit after the Investment will be share by 70-30.
And i will like you to be a trusted person to me,In your reply to me send me your full name and your Mobil number and your full address,Your Occupation,Your Nationality,So that i can forward it to the security company that the money was kept for saved keeping,That you are my beneficiary to received the money on my behalf in yourcountry.
Waiting for your reply
Musa Usman

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