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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: rime suleman <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 03:39:22 -0600
Subject: LETTER

Dear Sir. I am pleased to send my compliments to you as I have written to you once but you did not give me a comprehensive answer. I know that this letter will definitely come to you as surprise but please do accept it as a request from a man in need of help. I actually came about your contact through the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce as I was searching for a reliable, trustworthy and confidential individual who can be of assistance to me. I hope my medium of contact to you will not in any way contravene your ethics of better judgment.
Let me first introduce my humble self I am Dr. Rime Suleman, I am the Executive Director Swift Transfer Dept of the Central Bank of Nigeria. I am in charge in of Foreign Fund Payments. I have been in this position for 4 years now and I will leave this office by November this year.
Please I have a very good and uregnt business I want you to look at and see if you can assist me. I have some money and I need a foreign Partner and an account for its transfer. Do call me on this phone number 234 8054209255 or you give me your phone number to reach you. Please do not feel embarrased as a result of this appeal for assistance. You can send your response to my private email address: Thank you.
Dr.Rime Suleman.Director Swift Transfer
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