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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: "Ivan Abdel" <ivan_abdel@excite.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: ivan_abdel@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:13:14 +0200
Subject: VERY URGENT

Hello My dear,
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into financial transaction for our mutual benefits hence I write with due respect .I am Ivan Abdel.a Sudanese currently living in Dakar
Senegal a west African coastal country It's really beautiful down here
so much sunshine and glorious clouds hanging high above in the sky,
So many beautiful memories is what you get being here in Senegal. I am
a lady,with black hair,brown eyes,5fts 7inches tall weigh 59kgs.
I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction.
Dear, I got your contact from the Dakar chamber of commerce and
industry.
I wish to invest in a manufacturing and real estatemanagement
industry in your country. I have ten million, five hundred
thousand United State Dollars. USD($10.500,000) to invest in
industry and I will require your assistance in receiving the funds into
your bank account in your country.
I will gladly give you 10% of the total sum for your assistance. Seen your profile at the Dakar chamber of commerce was one of the greatest revelation God has ever made to me, Please it is important you contact me immediately for more clarifications on the next step hence it is my wish to relocate to your country as soon as this transaction is concluded.
Awaiting your immediate response.
Thanks
Ivan Abdel.



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