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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 Suzane" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:26:50 +0800

Greetings! I am Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak from Egypt. There is a uncertainty in Egypt. As a result of political crisis and my husband is seriously sick. still having problem with the new administration, for this l need foreign assistance to receive my reserved fund for safe keeping in your country or for investment in your country as l was advised that your country is peaceful.

Be inform, the fund will be transfer to you legitimately as l will confirmed to my bank you are my foreign manager. I deposited the funds outside Egypt so that my children can have something to hold on to. Please kindly notify me if you can render your service to receive my fund.

Moreover, l have made inquiring on how the fund can be transfer little by little to your country. and l was told that l must employed a services of local Citizen in any country that l will like to transfer my fund to. I was also told that most local Citizen do takes 30% for their local representative.

But If you will render your service to me l'm ready to pay the 30% percentage to you out of the total amount of my funds ($U.S.D 50,000,000.00)) Fifty Million U.S.D.
please you can only reply me through this email.

Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak.

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