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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.Susan Dansuki" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Susan Dansuki" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:59:23 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend,

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of Mr. Jos Piendra Pineda from Mexico, Presently I am in Mexico with my family for investment projects with my partner Mr. Jos Piendra Pineda, meanwhile I did not forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

As it standing now, all you need to do is to  contact my secretary ( Mr.Chidozie John  ) in Republic of Benin  and ask him to send you the ATM debit card worth the total sum of $2.500,000.00 USD  (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ) which I left on your behalf as your Compensation before traveling to Mexico with my family .Kindly  Contact him through his email address or telephone number as stated below.

Contact Person::MR. CHIDOZIE JOHN
Telephone ::  +22968457314
mail address :


Your full name........
Your Postal address....
Your Telephone number.....

However, I appreciated your efforts at that time.therefore, feel free to get in touched with my secretary ( Mr.Chidozie John ) and instruct him where to send you the ATM debit card so that you can start making your withdrawals at any ATM machine around the world.Please do let me know immediately you receive the ATM card worth the sum of $2.500,000.00 USD which I kept for your compensation so that we can share the joy after all the suffers at that time.

Note: that at this moment, I am very busy here in Mexico because of the investment projects which me and my partner are having at hands, therefore, I will not be accessing my email every day, I had forwarded an instruction to my secretary on your behalf to release the ATM debit card worth the sum of  $2.500,000.00 USD  with its PIN code to you as soon as you get in touch with  him.

Have a nice day and God bless you.

Yours Sincerely
Mrs.Susan Dansuki.

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