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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 Hosni Mubarak" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:09:39 +0100
Subject: Fund For Investment management and Placement..

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mrs. Suzanne the wife of the former Egyptian leader, who is currently in prison with my two sons Alaa and Gamal resulting from political turmoil during the 2011 uprising which was fabricated without evidence. All our travelling documents and Money has been seized to prevent us from travelling out of the country.

As a result of this uncertainty, I need somebody outside my country to represent my interest, manage our reserved funds value $50,000,000:00 USD in long-term business venture especially in private real estate or Mega Hotel in your country in the name of my son (Alaa) but it shall be under your custody.

I am willing to negotiate management sharing percentage with you after your acceptance. And all legal requirements that will perfect the legality and movement of the fund shall be duly obtained in due course in your name. Please note that confidentiality of this fund and transfer itself remain extremely important.

Upon your acceptance kindly send your response and information to my private email

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Suzanne Hosni Mubarak

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