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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: "AHMED MOHAMED AND SISTER AMINATA." <ahmedandsisteraminata1@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: ahmedandsisteraminata2@yahoo.com
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 14:58:38 +0000
Subject: Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi.

Dear Friend,

Good day,I sincerely seek your assistance.

Our name is Mr.Ahmed Mohamed and younger sister Aminata Mohamed whom his entire family was wiped out as a result of Egyptian Airlines that crashed into the Red Sea in cairo and I and my sister is the only son and Daughter Before the accident, Our late Father deposited the sum of $25million United State dollars cash in a register prime bank here in Dakar Senegal in my name as the next of kin.

Meanwhile we are with all the documents that covers the fund and as an asylum seeker it is not in our legal capacity to put up claims to this fund This is why we need your assistance as my late fathers foreign partner to put up claims to this fund I will forward to you all the documents that cover this fund.

We shall offer you 25% of the fund for your assistance and efforts while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may incurred during this transaction If interested and capable to assist me in this transaction please get back to us immediately.

Furnish us with the following requested information as soon as
possible.

Full name....................................
Home|office address.....................
Mobile telephone Number............
Fax Number..............................
Occupation...............................
Nationality..................................
Position Hold...............................
Age............................................
Marital Status..............................
Country....................................
Bank account details.....................

PLS REPLY US WITH OUR ALTERNATE MAIL ADDRESS FOR SECURITY REASON, EMAIL ahmedandsisteraminata2@yahoo.com

Yours sincerely.
Ahmed Mohamed and Sister Aminata.


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