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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: "Samuels Yoshiaki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:33:07 -0000
Subject: Re: i want to invest in your business


my name is Samuels Yoshiaki, Am a private attorney. I have a client who is interested in investing some good money in your country. My client is a very important and prominent person who has mandated me to contact you for a very important business transaction my client is by name Mrs. Turai Yaradua and she is the wife of a late head of state in my country. Her husband Late Musa Yaradua made a lot of money through Oil proceeds during his tenure in office. In fact it was discovered after his death that he was worth well over $4.5 billion in United State Dollars and some of this money was retrieve after he died while some was recovered from officials that served under him during his reign as president.

The truth of this case is that my client despite the problem she is going through now, she still has a lot of money in her possession, which she intends to invest outside our country. What my client need from you now is reliable account where she can transfer some money but mind you, all the money in her possessions cannot leave at once because she need to build confidence and trust. In someone who would not expose her plan to remit and possibly invest in your company. So she has agreed that I should make arrangements for the transfer of $70 million United States dollars and you are free to negotiate your mode of compensation even as she intends to invest the money in your country.

Please, do not hesitate to indicate your view of this request by contacting me immediately you receive this mail so that the necessary arrangements can be made for the money to leave immediately. Due to the present situation of my client, I would be happy if this request can be kept a secret. I would also like to note that there is no risk involved.

Awaiting your urgent reply through my official email box

Barrister Samuels Yoshiaki

Thanks and Best regards,

Barrister Samuels Yoshiaki
yoshikawa international patent

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