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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: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 00:02:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Alan Hassan

My Name is Alan Hassan,the only child of late Mr and Mrs Mohamed from the republic of Liberia who died in our country for political reasons, However,before the death of my late father he asked me to move down to Abidjan with some important documents where he deposited the cash sum of
($9.500.000) with a Bank here in Abidjan,and then look for a foriegner who will receive this money into his country oversea for onward investment,

Further directives and details about the deposit and on how to move the fund successfully into your private bank account in your country will be given to you as soon as I get your response

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transferring of these fund to your nominated account overseas

Waiting For Your Urgent Mail,

Yours Faithfully
Alan Hassan.

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