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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: Gamal Abdelaziz <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 10:45:16 +0200
Subject: From Darfur Region in Sudan, I Need Your Assistance.

From Darfur Region in Sudan, I Need Your Assistance.
Dear sir/madam, I wish to introduce myself. My name is Gamal Abdelaziz , the son of Dr. Mahmud Abdelaziz of Sudan, i from Darfur Region in Sudan. During this present war in my country, my father was killed by the government of Sudan. Before his death, he is a contractor to the federal government of Sudan and also a Exporter of Gum Arabic and due to the way he normally won contract from the federal government of Sudan, his enemies who are also a contractors to the government plot against him which lead to his death and his enemies forms an allegation against him that he is the one who is sponsoring one of the Rebel groups called the (Sudan Liberation Army). Which my father was not , and that lead to his death by the government of Sudan. I dont want to mention how the brutal military men came to my father house and shot my father and my mum death and set my father house ablaze. The luck I had then, I was not at home when the incident occurs. Before his death, he make me to understand that as the only son, I am entitle to have all his property and the $16 million US dollars which he deposit in a Bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast I manage to escape from Darfur Region in Sudan for my dear life, and before I escape from Sudan and the government have seized all my father properties both his company that export goods abroad. After this blood incident, I now came to Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the safety of my life where I am living as a political refugee. I am seeking for a reliable foreigner who can assist me in moving this money out from this country for a safe banking and profitable investment. Honestly I am telling you all this just because i don't want to invest this money in Africa due to my status here as political refugeeand moreover i don't want to take any risk because of what have happen to me in the past and this money is all I am depending on.
Please I wait for your urgent response and include your phone and fax number in your response for better communication.
Gamal Abdelaziz .
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