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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: "Lungisa Fu z i le" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 05:17:43 -0700
Subject: Reply..

Good Day,

am conscious that this email might not be a proper manner of approach to foster a
relationship of trust but because of the circumstances and urgency surrounding this
venture, I decided to reach you urgently via this medium to join me put claims on this
Money before it is seized or confiscated by the authorities.

I got your contact information in the public records while searching for a similar name to
a late Business Magnate and contractor that lived in Spain for Nineteen years but died
with his family during the TSUNAMI in INDONESIA and BALI that occurred in December
2004.whom i was his accounts officer. Do not be amazed by this letter, I am contacting you
based on trust and confidentiality attached to this transaction.the good news is that this
transaction is 100% risk/trouble free as I have worked all out to complete the operation
effectively. Once this fund is released to you, it will be shared in the ratio of 40% for
you, and 60% for me , which is ($ 7 . 0 4 Mi llion for you) and ($1 1.04 Mil l ion for me).

Please endeavor to get back to me via reply mail .

I wait for your prompt reply.


Mr Lungisa Fuzile


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