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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. Susan Wei" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 14:16:56 +0100
Subject: Dearly Beloved In Christ

Hello Dear,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Mexico.Presently I'm in Mexico
for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,I
didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring
those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now, I want you to contact my secretary, His name is Mr Othman Masia and
his email address is ( him to send to you a
total sum of $3,500,000.00(Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts
and attempts you did to assist me in the transaction. I appreciated all
your efforts at that time, that was why i decided to compensate you now.
Please contact Mr Othman Masia and instruct him on how to send the amount
to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the money so that we can
share the joy after all the suffering we undergo at that time. In the
moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and
my new partner are having at hand. finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to my secretary on your behalf in order for you to receive that
money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr Othman Masia on Email address: (
and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Mrs. Susan Wei

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