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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 Rosetta Yusuf <>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2021 14:36:58 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: Good Day

Good Day

My name is Mrs. Rosetta Yusuf from the Republic of Sudan; I know this will be a surprise to you. I got your contact through online from
Sudanese Information Exchange (SIE) I am the wife of Mr. Omar Basal Yusuf from Darfur, Sudan. My husband was the owner of Omar Sea Food
Industry & Omar Farm Land in Darfur Region. When the Government discovered that Darfur region is rich on Oil and Mineral Resources, and
the Organization Rebel Movement stepped into Darfur to occupy those areas oil was discovered and those areas happened to be my husband's
landed properties.

Government and the Rebels started fighting over who would inherit the Darfur Region because of the Oil discovered. It was unfortunate that
my husband was killed in the process by the Rebels in order to inherit the land and all my husband's companies were burnt down. Before
then my husband had moved US$15 Million United States Dollars to South Africa for establishment of another branch of his companies. The
fund was deposited in a private security & finance company in the name of my elder son Mr. Kareem Yusuf as the beneficiary. Upon his
return from South Africa he was murdered in cold blood by the Rebel Movement.

Now, the Rebel Movement turned against the remaining family member of my husband and I ordered my son to leave immediately for South
Africa to meet with my family Attorney who assisted my (late) husband when the funds were deposited and he left without any delay for
Johannesburg, South Africa, I am currently in Darfur Sudan because I am old and cannot go anywhere. Would you be interested to assist my
son in moving this money out from South Africa since his status as asylum seeker (Refugee) does not allow the transfer of the funds in his
name, the family will offer you 30% of the total amount, 5% will be mapped out to balance any expenses incurred, while 65% will be for my
family and will be invested in your country under your management. This is very urgent especially now Sudan is divided. Due to my ill-
health and age, I would suggest you to please contact my son in Johannesburg, South Africa on the below Email Address for details and

Please Contact My Son Mr. Kareem Yusuf at: Thank you for your anticipated Assistance in advance.

Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Rosetta Yusuf (Widow)

For the Family

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