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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: mattarsuleman <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:21:36 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Miss Mattar Hassan

Hello My Beloved,

I am writing this mail to you with due respect trust and humanity, Honestly, I must first ask for apology to burden your respected life and for the surprise this letter may be seen to you because we have not been in much communication. But I want you to bear with me that it is because of the ugly situation one fine herself into which lead me to open up to you. I will also like to tell you more about myself, family and the important reason why i have contacted you.

My names are Miss.Mattar Suleman Hassan. 25yrs old female from Southern Sudan in Africa. Honestly i am writing this email to you now with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, I feel quite safe dealing with you and reviling this important information s to you.

My father Dr. Suleman Hassan was
the former Minister for SPLA Affairs and Special Adviser to President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for Decentralization. My father Dr. Suleman Hassan, my mother including other top Military officers and top government officials where on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008. You can read more about the crash through the below site:

Some months after the burial of my father, my uncle conspired with my step mother to give sale my father's properties to a Chinese Expatriate. One faithful morning I decided to run away with the documents inside the portfolio box of my late father. to a nearest country Burkina Faso where I resided as a refugee,

To bring you more closely to what I m writing or speaking to you, I have original documents proofs that cover the sum worth US$6.8million dollars. I saw this document in the portfolio box of my late father. The contents in the portfolio box are
so many documents of my late fathers properties and values.

The fund US$6.8million dollars was the one written in my names as the next of kin, it was a surprise to me because I never knew of such documents exist since the life time of my beloved late father. I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the fund so that I can start a better life and take care of myself.

But the Branch manager of the Bank whom I met in person told me that my present status does not permit me by the local law to clear fund or make a transfer of fund into an account, he advice me to provide a trustee who will help me and invest the fund or I should wait till when I get married as it demand by their Authority. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. Well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to
your country because my uncle has threatened to assassinate me.

However, you will help me by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total fund for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment.

As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Please do keep this only to your self. I tell you not to disclose it till i come over to join you because I am afraid of my wicked uncle who has threatened to kill me.

Sincerely yours,
Miss Mattar Hassan

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