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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: "DR.SUHAILI BIN HASSAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:16:44 -0700

Attention: Please

I am DR. SUHAILI BIN HASSAN the manager Audit & Accounts dept. in Chase
Bank (CCB). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of
$20, 000.000.00 [Twenty million, United States dollars) into your accounts.

The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late Libyan Leader Muammar
Gaddafi who died on 2011 and since then the fund has been in a suspense

After my further investigation, I discovered that Leader Muammar Gaddafi
died with his next of kin (Mutassim Gaddafi) and according to the laws and
constitution guiding this banking institution, it states that after the
expiration of (24) weeks, if no body or person comes for the claim as the
next of kin, the fund will be transferred to national treasury as unclaimed
fund. Because of the static of this transaction I want you to stand as the
next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the
fund transferred to your account.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and all
incidental expenses that may occur during the transfer process will be
incurred by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you
will follow my instructions till the fund get to your account. More
detailed information's with the official send to you full explanation
more comprehensively what is required of you.

You are free to call me through my private telephone number.


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