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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: Mr Jaziri Ahmad <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 14:47:56 +0400

Your Excellency Sir,
I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise. I am Jaziri
Ahmad, the only surviving son of Hamid Ahmad, who died on December
17th, 2003 over the trouble that is going on in my country between America
and other militant group who are loyalists of Saddam Hussein. As you
can understand, I am from Iraq. Before my father died he told me about
US$15.5 Million he deposited with a security company and he
handed over the certificate of deposit to me.
At present, I am in search of anybody who would assist to transfer the
money into his account for me to come over there and invest as well as
I complete my education. I got your contact details through from the
net. Don’t be worried because I am contacting you in good faith. I confided
your reliability and capability of handling this transaction in me.
If my proposition is considered, for assisting! me to transfer this
money to your account, we will offer you 20% of the total fund, and 5% of
the total will be set aside to cover any expenses incurred during this
transaction, 75% will be for my family to invest in your country under
your supervision.
For detailed information, you can contact me direct.
I would appreciate confidentiality and honesty in our correspondence.
Your immediate response will be highly welcomed.
Best regards.
Jaziri Ahmad

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