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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: "Gladin Hsimael" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 21:03:31 -0000

From: Gladin C. Hsimael
Accra, Ghana

Warm Greetings to you,

I have sent you this mail because of the need to open discussions with you. I don't want you to misunderstand this offer in any aspect, if it is okay with you I ask for your full cooperation.

I am Gladin Clems Hsimael. I wish to invest in a stable economy; my interest is in investment areas with potentials for rapid growth in long Terms. If your country's law allows foreign investors, I have US$8.5 million generated by my late father and I am ready to invest in your country with you standing as a foreign partner/representative considering the fact that this is the only possible option this money can be released to us as advised by the management of the finance security company where this money is deposited, pending when both of us agrees on a particular terms. I hope that I can trust you with the above amount?

Please get back to me if you are capable of handling the above amount for the purpose of investments. I want you to note that this is a mutual business venture as there is a reward for your assistance. I shall let you know your benefit for your assistance as we proceed.

For a more comprehensive details and source of found, contact as soon as possible. If you find this letter offensive, please ignore it and accept my apologies.


Gladin C. Hsimael.

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