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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 Sonia Suarez" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:58:40 +0530
Subject: Buenos Dias

ear Friend

My name is Mrs Sonia Suarez of Cataluña Investment Agency, Madrid -Spain. I want to invite you for a transaction worth several million dollars left unclaimed by the late Libyan Leader, Moarmmar Gadhafi who died intestate in October 11th 2011. Please if you are interested to execute this profitable transaction with me. Kindly get back to me and i will tell you more details about the issue.

I look forward to hear from you soon, thank you.
NOTE: Send your reply me to my confidential E-mail:


Mrs Sonia Suarez.
Tel: +34 611205416

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