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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: "DANJUMA AHMED" <musad3@mailbox.hu>
Reply-To: danjumaahmed1@live.com
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:27:28 +0300
Subject: ASSALA MUALAKUM


HI, I'M BARRISTER DANJUMA AHMED LL.M, A LEGAL PRACTIONER IN AFRICA GHANA AND
AN ATTORNEY TO SHEIKH UMAR ABDULMALEEK WHO WAS A WHITE ZIMBABWEAN. IT IS A
GREAT PLEASURE TO INFORM YOU THAT SHEIKH UMAR ABDULMALEEK HAD ONLY A SON WHO
IS 16YEARS OLD WITH HIS UNCLE WHO IS A CHRISTIAN OF 49 AGE 49 YEARS WANTED
TO KILL THE 16YEARS OLD BOY BECAUSE OF THE WILL WHICH HIS FATHER SHEIKH UMAR
ABDULMALEEK LEFT A WILL OF $8.2 MILLION DOLLARS BEFORE HE DIED AT THE AGE OF
79YEARS IN 2007 HAS TO RUN FOR HIS LIFE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. I HAVE BEEN
INSTRUCTED By my CLIENT TO SEARCH FOR A CREDIBLE PERSON OR COMPANY OVERSEAS
in Arab FOR A JOINT BUSINESS VENTURE. MY CLIENT RELIABLY CONFIDED IN ME THAT
HE HAS A HUGE SUM OF MONEY WHICH HE LEGITIMATELY INHERITED FROM HIS
PARENT'S. BEING A YOUNG MAN of 16years WITHOUT ANY BUSINESS experience, HE
HAS NO OPTION THAN TO MANDATE ME TO SOLICIT FOR A COMPETENT PERSON OR
COMPANY THAT WILL MANAGE THIS FUNDS ON HIS BEHALF FOR A JOINT BUSINESS
INVESTMENT.

HAVING GONE THROUGH YOUR PROFILE, I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU HOPING THAT YOU
WILL FIND THIS PROPOSAL INTERESTING. PLEASE ON YOUR CONFIRMATION OF THIS
MESSAGE AND INDICATING YOUR INTEREST, I SHALL LINK YOU TO MY CLIENT FOR MORE
DETAILS. ENDEAVOUR TO LET ME KNOW YOUR DECISION THAN KEEPING ME WAITING. IT
IS IMPORTANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU ASSIST IN FACILITATING THIS FUNDS
INTO ANY OF YOUR NOMINATED BANK OF YOUR CHOICE ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD, YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THE INVESTMENT FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE.

KINDLY INCLUDE YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER AND YOUR PRIVATE MAIL BOX FOR
EASY COMMUNICATION.

THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. I WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THIS TRANSACTION
AND HOW IT WOULD BE CARRIED OUT SUCCESSFULLY AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU
INDICATING YOUR INTEREST.

THANKS FOR YOUR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND REMAIN BLESSED.

I AM BARRISTER
DANJUMA AHMED.

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