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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.Tuachi Saba Masri" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:23:32 +0200
Subject: You agree to handle this business

Good day and how are you today?

My Name is Tuachi from Mexico the wife of Late Moises Saba Masri , One of The
financial advisers to Late President Muammar Gaddafi, President of the oil
riches country called Libya and the Richest President in the world
,Please I am
writing from Libya. I have business proposal worth $25.5M USD.

Please could you write me at my private email
( so that
I can tell you more about myself and also confidential things that will favor
the both of us, thank you for your understanding and hope to hear from
you soon?
Do not fail to reply at my private email because you will benefit on
what i have
to tell you, God bless you.

Mrs.Tuachi Saba Masri
Note: Please REPLY ME At Email:

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