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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:

Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:43:10 +0000
Subject: Hellooooooooooo..................

Dear Friend. I'm Musa Ibrahimovic, a Banker at SWED BANK PLC located in Sto=
ckholm Sweden. I am contacting you after going through your profile on Face=
book in regards to a deceased Senegalese client of mine who died in Sweden =
on July 2011; he was a prominent client of mine who happens to share the sa=
me SURNAME with you. Before his death, my client deposited USD $ 14,000,000=
=2E00 (fourteen million USD) at a financial institution here in Sweden, doc=
umentations regarding these transaction indicates that claims can only be m=
ade by his relatives/family member. Since you have the same surname, you ar=
e eligible for this claim. All efforts I've made revealed no link to any of=
his family member. However, because of the international financial crises,=
a lot of reforms has been made within the Swedish Financial system; this i=
ncludes the new law on succession/claims which indicates a duration in whic=
h such inheritance could be tolerated. The financial institution has mandat=
ed me to present the next of kin or a relative who will claim the funds. Fa=
ilure to respond to this ultimatum would legally allow the financial instit=
ution to report such funds to Sveriges Riksbank which could be confiscated =
as unclaimed estate ( And eventually go straight to the Government's pocket=
) I have put in place all necessary requirements concerning the release of =
this funds and it is my intention to introduce this opportunity to you as t=
he beneficiary. Please note that I am legally equipped with all the necessa=
ry information/documentations concerning this fund. I have decided to conta=
ct you with this opportunity. Upon your acceptance to cooperate, I agreed t=
hat 40% of this money will be for you, 40% for me and 20% goes to any accep=
table charity organization in Sweden or Uk. For security and confidential r=
easons; I strongly advise that you firstly contact me via email or fax, imm=
ediately you get in touch with me with your contact details Full Names Nati=
onality/country of Resident Occupation Age Phone No I would be able to info=
rm you on more details and next step. In conclusion, it's my utmost concern=
to demand your ultimate honesty, co-operation and confidentiality. I GUARA=
NTEE that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement tha=
t would legally protect you from any breach of law. Thanks as I look forwar=
d to hear from you on my email address at Email for =
quick respond.

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