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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: "Dr. Rudy Susanto" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:38:15 -0700
Subject: Re: Reply immediately for our mutual benefit

Dear friend;  ,
Am so sorry for contacting you with this proposal through email. This is because of my tight work activities and for the safety of this transaction. We are unfamiliar with each other but it takes a day for people to know. I will start by introducing myself. My name is Dr. Rudy Susanto, I am a citizen of United Kingdom.
I will like to propose a legitimate business to you and please take this serious. I am proposing a deal that will make us richer and you are very important to this deal as you will find out.
I am a Director with the Alliance Trust Savings Bank. I have worked here for a little more than 16 years now and I was the personal accountant to one ( Engr. William ) a foreign contractor with Royal Dutch Shell who has an investment account with my bank, and my client bears the same last name with you, and this is the main reason why i have contacted you for this business proposal.
Unfortunately, my client died along with his nuclear family in Libya On May 12 2010, may their souls rest in peace. Several efforts were made to find his extended family through his embassy without no success. Here is a website for your view regarding my client's plane crash:
My client stated his first child as his next of kin, but unfortunately they all died also in the crash, along with his wife and three children.
I received a notice last week from our bank head-office to provide the next of kin to my dead client, being his accountant or the account risk being transferred to the government ( Government Suspense Account ) in few weeks. I am contacting you to assist me in repatriating the funds left behind by my late client, because you bear the same last name with him, and this is the reason i have contacted you to partner with me, so we can get this transaction completed successfully.
This claim will be executed without breaching any local and International laws, and the success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this. The bank will release the account to you because of my recommendation of you as the next of kin, and the fund will be transferred to you without any problem at all.
I am a very sincere and honest person, and I cannot lie; So I expect the same from you. I will follow the transaction up, so you know that I am not joking, when I get your response. The amount involved is $ 19,979,603 USD; I will direct you on how we will get this deal achieved successfully. All I need from you is to indicate your interest to be the next of kin/beneficiary to my late client and I will present it to the bank.
This transaction is 100% legitimate and risk free. When you receive the money in your account, I will come over to your country for the sharing as follows 50% for you and 50% for me, I think this is fair.
kindly get back to me by e-mail only for confidential reasons. My personal email is ( ) . I will give you all the necessary information about the deal when I get your response.
I anticipate your cooperation. Treat this proposal with utmost good faith, confidentially and urgency for a 100% success.
Rudy Susanto

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