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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.Suha Arafat" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:03:10 +0800

I need somebody from out-side my country to handle a transaction of $50 Million USD
the money was deposited into my account by my husband before he died as a Palestinian leader, now
the new leader of Palestinian liberation organization (POL) are demanding me to declared all my
assets, they are seriously after the money in my account, they have seized all my investment
here in Palestine both my company in Tunisia, i need a capable person from oversea to handle the
funds for me for safety, and you are going to help me invest with the money in your country in the
name of my Daughter,i will offer you 15% of the total 50m for your commision to help me secured the
funds into your account,
we shall discus on your % to handle the investment for the period which my Daughter will through
with her education and take over the company.pls get back to me if you can handdle the project, i will
direct you to bank as my company manager to transfer the money$50 Million USD into your account for business
purpose. you can go through this news below to know about me, all documents is been zeised i don't have
free movement since this issue started. i wait your response if you can work it out for me. And reply me
with my private emai at:
mrs.Suha Arafat
Thnak you.

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