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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: hakim nasser <hakimnasser34@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <hakimnasser001@yahoo.fr>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:37:10 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL FROM (Hakim Nasser)



FROM HAKIM NASSERASSYLUM CAMPABIDJAN COTE D IVOIREWEST AFRICACONFIDENTIAL Dear one I am Hakim Nasser the only Son of late former Director of finance,Nasser Mohamed Dunn, Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.I am 23 year old, I must confess my agitation is real, and my words ismy bond, in this proposal. My late father diverted this money meant for purchase of ammunition, for my country, during the peak of disastrous civil war in my country, Now he has deposited the money with a bank in Abidjan, where I am residing under political asylum here in this country. Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who served under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their asset, it is on this note that I am contacting you, all I needed from you is to furnish me with your bank particulars: 1) Account name2) Account number3) Bank address, telephone and fax number For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account, the said amount is (fifty five Million Dollars $55 Million. I am compensating you with 10 % of the total money amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country, were their is stability of Government, political and economic welfare. Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and never a joke. My late father Nasser Mohamed Dunn, gave me the photocopies of the certificate of deposit issued to him on the date of deposit, for you to be clarify because, I do not expose my self to anybody I see, I believe that you are able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my life, it is important. Please mail me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill free and make it urgent. That is the reason why I offered you 10 % of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incur during this transaction.pls try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account,
and i will continue my education. personally I am interested in estate management and hotel business, please advise me. Email, me back immediately you receive this message for more explanation.Thanks and .Best regards,Hakim Nasser
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