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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: Mohammed Feiz <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 12:06:04 +0200
Subject: Dear Chosen Partner


Dear Sir/Madam

I am Mr.Mohammed Feiz, a security manager of (ALLIED SECURITY STORAGE STD). It happened that I got this secret from a friend of mine who is among the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICEA) in Iraq. I work with the above mentioned company and need a partner who will come forward to make claim to this deposited boxes from Iraq. It was deposited by two US soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division.
Since this deposit was not made on their name and the real depositor was no where to be found and suspected dead in the Iraq war, I wish to solicit your friendship and partnership to come forward for this claim. These consignment contains ($45 millions of dollars) fourty five millions United State Dollars.
l need an honest, trustworthy, reliable and capable person who can assist me to move this fund out of here(Iraq). I will give you all necessary information to come forward for the claiming of this consignment and will like to know your interest in order to know what step to take and to give you the details of the transaction, I am ready to go 50/50 with you as soon as we are in confirmation of the total sum in your position. For You to be sure of this transaction see the photograph in the BBC websites below: Also news headline:

There are bank bonds worth several millions of USD,and you will see them as soon as we meet. Give me your full contact and mobile phone number to enable us proceed.or you get back to me in this mail box:Email:
Thank you, Yours sincerely, Mr.Mohammed Feiz

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