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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr Masel Mohamed." <masel_mohamed4@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: masel_mohamed5@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:36:51 +0100
Subject: Reply From Dr. Maes_ Mohamed.

My Dear,
I write to seek your services in a private confidential
matter regarding to a great late Mr.Mustapha Suleman
who died leaving some funds unclaimed in our bank
without any beneficiary. I amaware that you might not
be related to him but I want you to stand as the
beneficiary and I will fill you in, since I have
all the details for the transfer proper. This requires
a private arrangement. Could you perhaps be able to
receive these fund! s under legal claims then I will
fill you in I am willing to give you 30% at the conclusion
of this business.

I will need you in legal capacity to stand as his
beneficiary. I have all the details and will fill
you in if you are really willing. Your major role
would be either provide me with an Existing account
or to open a bank account where the funds will be transferred.
All correspondences will be via email for now. The funds in
question are quite large (about $26M USD). I will expect
a straight answer from you. YES or NO. If yes, then let's
work out the modalities and a brief profile of your person
is expected. Your Full contact address.
NAME......................................................
MAILING ADDRESS..................................
AGE:.......................................................
STATUS:..................................................
STATE/COUNTRY....................................
BANK/ACCONUT NUMBER......................
TELE/FAX NUMBERS...............................
CONTACT ME WITH THIS ADDRESS.

E-MAIL ADDRESS : masel_mohamed7@yahoo.com
>From Dr Masel Mohamed


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