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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. MOHAMMED TOUREY" <mohtou01@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 10:22:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL


MY DEAR FRIEND,

WE GOT YOUR CONTACT FROM A RELIABLE PERSON WHO ASSURED US ABOUT YOUR HONESTY AND ABILITY TO HANDLE A VIABLE PROJECT.

OUR CLIENTS ARE GROUP OF FIVE RETIRED GENERALS WHO HAS SERVED IN IRAQ AND NOW ON ASSYLUM IN WEST AFRICA.THEY ARE INTERESTED IN LOW HOUSING ESTATE, FIVE STAR HOTELS,AND FISH FARMING PROJECTS RESPECTIVELY ANY WHERE IN AFRICA.

THEY HAVE ABOUT US$130-180 MILLION TO BE INVESTED ON THESE P-ROJECTS. THE FUNDS ARE DEPOSITED IN A PRIVATE SECURITY CO IN AFRICA.
IF YOU ARE INTERSTED URGENTLY CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS.

THE INTERESTED PERSONS/ COMPANY WILL ENTER IN TO PARTINERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THEM ON 40%/60% PROFIT SHARING.
ARE YOU INTERETED? DO CONTACT MR. MOHAMMED TOUREY, ON TEL NOS.+221-3013428 . OR THROUGH THE ABOVE EMAIL.. mrmohammedtourey@walla.com

THIS IS A LIFE TIME PROJECT WHICH YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO MISS.
WE ARE AWAITING FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

MR. MOHAMMED TOUREY.
PROJECT CORDINATOR.

MABA GENERAL CONSULTANTS LTD.


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