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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: Ms Susanne Klatten <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2023 23:54:49 +0900
Subject: Can i trust you?

Can i trust you?

My name is Susanne Klatten, I am known for Holdings in Altana and BMW;
richest woman in Germany. I plan to give away the majority of my wealth
during my lifetime. I had one idea that never changed in my mind — that you
should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give
USD $7.5 Million to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt of
this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual.

Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get
back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is
valid. click reply to contact me directly for comprehensive information.

You can read more about me

Susanne Klatten

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