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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:

Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 15:54:39 -0800

Good day,

I am Mohammed Tijani, an indigene of Ivory Coast currently in United
Kingdom (London). I am contacting you concerning an investment
opportunity in the Republic of South Africa which I strongly believe it
will be of mutual benefit to both of us.
The context of my message to you is that ,actually I intend investing
in the United Kingdom, but I have had a rethink in coming down to the
Republic of South Africa, because I have learn to know that a lot of
business opportunities are booming in every nook and canon of the
federation, due to the fact that the 2010 world cup is fast approaching
hence I need some one who will act as business partner to me because
I am coming as a debutant(first timer) so I don't want to have my self
been miss leaded. You know the essence of business is profit making. If
you are interested in been a foreign partner to me, do not hesitate to
forward your details to me as soon as you received. That is;

Your contact address
Your telephone number
Your age
Your occupation
Note you can call me on my private telephone number +4470331744668

Best Regards
Mohammed Tijani

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