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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. Suzanne T. Mubarak" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:43:52 -0700
Subject: MY REWARD TO YOU...

Dear Partner,

Please consider this mail serious despite the fact that you did not expect
it .Kindly contact Rev David Rangoon, immediately or forward this email to
him, asking him to send an ATM VISA CARD valued at US$1,200,000.00 to you
for your reward. I have to allocate such amount to you bearing in mind you
did n ot support to complete the transaction at its crucial stage.

Kindly be in contact with him via this address bellow;
Rev David Rangoon,

Thanks and remain blessed.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Suzanne T. Mubarak

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