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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: "Sultan Adam" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 08:08:51 -1000


You may be surprised to receive my letter, however, I have decided to
contact you for confidential, Urgent and rewarding joint business.
My name is Adam Sultan(MR.) I was a Personal Assistant to the Late Congo
president,LAURENT KABILA,who was assasinated in February 2001 and my aim of
writing to you is because of the need for a trusted and honest person,who I
can entrust the sum of US$18,800,000(Eighteen million),eight hundred US

Source of the money: I and the late president secured this money in a
security firm in Ghana, in my name before his death. Now that he is
late, I want to transfer the money out of Africa,for investment in
your country, I can not travel out of Nigeria where Iam on asylum,
hence I am asking for your assistance to have this money in your care
pending when I will secure travel documents to come over to your

If you accept this offer we shall share the money as follows: for
you,20%, 80% for me. I have all the title documents to the fund which
I can transfer to you to enable you have assess to it. Be assured that
is risk-free and legitimate.Please advise me on your position by e-
mail Immediately, indicating,

1.Your full names............


3.Direct tel...............

4.fax number...........

5.Your age.........

Your occupation.............

Your quick response will be highly appreciated
Reply at my private email

Adam Sultan (Mr.)

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