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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: "Dr. Abbas Hamza" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:22:35 -0800
Subject: Please Get Back To Me Immediately

Dr. Abbas HamzaDirectory Project Implementation Federal Ministry of HealthAnd Social Services, Lagos-Nigeria. Strictly Confidential Business Proposal Dear Friend, TRANSFER OF US$11.5 MILLION INTO A PERSONAL / COMNPANYS OFFSHORE ACCOUNT. Based on the information Gathered from the Ministry of Trade and Finance Industry, we intend to Solicit your Assistance on this Transaction with you on the Assumption that you will not disappoint us. We have (Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) U.S$11.500 000.00 which we made over time from our inflated contracts in my Ministry Federal Ministry of Health and Social Service. We are seeking your Assistance and Permission to Remit this Amount into your Account or any other Nominated Account, you can Provide for us. Your Commission will be 20% of the Total Sum, 10% for Expenses and the remaining 70% is for Myself. Please, notify me, your Acceptance to carry out this Transaction Urgently by sending your Personal Confidential Information. Kindly, Acknowledge as Urgent. Thanks for your Co-operation. Yours Faithfully, Dr. Abbas Hamza.
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