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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.Abusal Dam" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 21:40:53 +0000

>From Commercial bank of senegal(CBS).
Desk Of Dr.Abusal Dam
Contact Email


My Dear,

I write to seek your services in a private confidential matter regarding to a great late Mr. Ahmed Qi Chang who died leaving some funds unclaimed in our bank without any beneficiary.

I am aware that you might not be related to him but I want you to stand as the beneficiary and I will fill you in, since I have all the details for the transfer proper.

This requires a private arrangement. Could you perhaps be able to
receive these fund! s under legal claims then I will fill you in, I am willing to give you 30% at the conclusion of this business.

I will need you in legal capacity to stand as his beneficiary. I have all the details and will fill you in if you are really willing.

Your major role would be either provide me with an Existing account
or to open a bank account where the funds will be transferred.
All correspondences will be via email for now. The funds in question are quite large the sum in question Eleven Million Us Dollars($11,million Us Dollars)

I will expect a straight answer from you. YES or NO. If yes, then let's
work out the modalities and a brief profile of your person
is expected.
contact me with this email. address
Email (
Closing with anticipation.
Dr Abusal Dam .

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