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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: "Mrs.Beatriz Yusi" <>
Reply-To: Beatriz Yusi <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 04:40:19 +0530 (IST)
Subject: From Mrs.Beatriz yusi

Mrs.Beatriz Yusi


Email me for more details here:(

My Name is Mrs.Beatriz Yusi wife to Dr Christopher Yusi from Cebu-Philippine,who was the Deputy Secretary General of Bayan Muna party-list group in Southern Tagalog Who was attacked and killed in our house on the 9th may 2010 from your profile I believe in me that you ought to be a very honest person, I need someone who would take for whom I am and as a life time partner, after making claims of my deposited life. Before my late husband was killed he made total sum of ($14,000.000 USD Fourteen Million Us Dollars) from the sales of gold and cocoa this money is deposited with a firm in ABROAD.

My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I believe I can confide on you to assist me retrieve and invest this money for the benefit of you and me. I hope that you can be trusted, that you will not sit on this money when you claim it I will give you the contact of the security company in ABROAD for you to contact them and give them your address for the immediate shipment of the box today I have made up my mind to give you 25% of the total money for your help, after you have secured the box for me and my future. Thanks for your comprehension and willingness to assist Contact me for more details with my private email address (

Await your urgent reply.
With Love,
Mrs.Beatriz Yusi

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