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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: =?gb2312?q?mohammad=20Abdul?= <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 22:15:29 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From The Office Of Mr.Abdul mohammad


From The Office Of Mr.Abdul mohammad

Organization For Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC.

Plot #123cbB/Pbv, main city

Sao Tome and principle of West Africa.

Dear Sir/Madam

I want you to patiently read this offer. I am Mr.Abdul mohammad , the

Head of Delegation to the World Bank in West Africa. I am the linkman

between the Organization For Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC and the

petroleum sector in a West African country. I also attend OPEC meetings

constantly in Geneva on the auspices of World Bank.

Through the sale of our allocated oil quota in OPEC, I was able to make

US$20Million, which is currently deposited in a Security company in

Europe. I want you to assist me to claim this money as I cannotclaim it

directly because I am still a civil servant, and the code ofconduct bureau

forbids me to acquire such amount of money. It is on this basis that I am

contacting you for assistance, if you will be interested; claim documents

have been processed and will be sent to you. The documents with which the

fund is deposited will be changed to reflect you as the new beneficiary so

that you will be eligible to collect the fund on my behalf.

I will give you 25% of the fund for this assistance while 65% will be

for me and 10% will be for expenses that may be incurred on both sides. I am

aware of the international monitoring of all large-scale financialmovements

after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on America ad to avoid any

state of financial investigation I will provide a classified clearance paper

from the relevant body, which will exonerate the money from drug, money

laundered or terrorist related proceed.

I want to assure you that there is no risk attached in this

transaction. You should also provide me with your private telephone and fax

numbers for easier communication.

I await your prompt response.

Best regards,

Mr.Abdul mohammad

- mohammad Abdul

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