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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: Susan Muzaza <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:16:33 +0100
Subject: please reply me

My name is Susan Muzaza, an orphan, the daughter of late Dr and Mrs. Dominic Muzaza. My father was one of the richest farmers in my country in South Sudan and also a major share holder of companies. Unfortunately my father and my mother were among people murdered in cold blood during the political crisis going on in South Sudan. After the death of my parents, I was able to move out of my country (South Sudan) to a nearby country(Ghanaian) because my life was in danger and am afraid to live seeing the death of my beloved parents.

The purpose of this letter is to seek your most needed and honest assistance in securing the sum of US$3 Million which my late father deposited with a bank out my country and make an arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and also secure a residential permit in your country.
I am ready to offer you a reasonable amount; hence you can serve as my guardian and help me to secure my future because I am 21years old. Presently, i am living in a refugee camp,and this computer belong to a reverend that has a church here in the camp
As soon as you agree to help me, I will give you the contact of the bank so you can contact them and make the transferring arrangement.
I await your quick response.Best regard. Susan Muzaza

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