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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: Hassan Abu <hassanabu2009@gmail.com>
Reply-To: hassanabu2010@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 02:36:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: URGENT POSITIVE RESPONSE IS NEEDED.




Good Day,

Please Read and get back to me for more details. My name is Mr.Hassan Abu I'm the credit officer in International Remittance Department/B.O.A/,Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.I have a business proposal in the tune of $8.5Million,(Eight million five hundred Dollars) after the successful transfer; we shall share in ratio of 40% for you and 60% for me. Should you be interested, please contact me so we can commence on all arrangements and I Will give you more information on how we would handle this project. Please treat this business with utmost confidentiality and send me the Following information:

(1) Full names:

(2)Private phone number:

(3)Current residential address:

(4)Occupation:

(5)Age and Sex:

Kind Regards,

Mr. Hassan Abu

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