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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 ALI USMAN" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:49:39 +0400


Dearest Friend

I am Mr. ALI USMAN an account supervisory officer in a
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES bank in Middle East. My duty involves administrative
documentation of all daily deposits in the bank. I send this mail to seek
your participation in this monetary project that would be of mutual benefit
to both of us.In the course of one of my daily routines, I discovered
documents of asecret account called (Fixed Income Investment Banking Account)
for 5years worth $19 Million belonging to one of our customers
Mr. George Raymond (Late) an American businessman killed in Iraq in
Most asttorning of my discovery was that, all records bear no next
of kin, meaning, no member of Mr. George Raymond family knows about
the deposit therefore, no member of his family will ever come forward to
claim the money. This revelation is only known to me. Now, I seek your
collaboration to act as Next of Kin of late Mr. George Raymond to claim
the funds and move them into useful investments. I know that you know
a lot about investments, that is why I have come to you.
We shall split the cash between us in a ratio that would be negotiated
between us upon confirmation of the funds in your account. Please note
that by virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out the perfect
modality as well as I shall provide the relevant information/documents for
the successful claim and transfer of the funds to any account provided by
you,be rest assured that this project involve no risk. Upon the receipt of
acceptance mail from you.
Provide me these details
(1) your direct mobile/fax number.
(2) your name and country resident address.
(3) Your private E-mail box.
Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction
without any delay.
Waiting your positive response.

Best regards,

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