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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: "JOHN YAKUBU YUSUFU" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:45:52 -0000

Dear Friend

I hereby inform you of the recent legal victory i had obtained in the bid to keep my wealth intact
( ). I now intend to invest
in your country the sum of 45 million dollars and need you as a partner to do so.Send me some sort of response
along with suggestions for business investment.Once i receive this from you i intend to transfer half of the
sum to your account for immediate logistic and purchase of business space.

Yours sincerely
John Yakubu Yusufu

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