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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: "Abraham Ebenezer" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 14:59:27 +0200
Subject: Investment for our mutual benefit.

Dear Friend ,

I write to seek your cooperation as my foreign partner and your assistance to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable economy of your country. I apologize if this mail does not suit your personal or business ethics.

My names is Mr Abraham Ebenezer, from Sudan in East Africa, I am making this venture proposal to you in strict confidence. The money i have in my Possession was inherited and the amount is Twelve Million, Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars US$ 12,200,000.00) which I want to Transfer abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a company/or an Individual to receive the said funds, via a reliable Bank Account.
If you will like to assist me as a partner, then indicate your interest after which we shall both discuss on the modalities. All other Information to facilitate the remittance of the funds will be revealed to you in due course. For your assistance, you shall receive 15% amounting to share of the US$12.2 Million, while 85% remaining will be for me and prior for the investment.

Please indicate your full Name, address and direct telephone and direct fax number when replying this business proposal preferably through my email address or through phone call as this is my only confidential email, I will call you when necessary. If you are not interested, please also indicate so that it will enable me to contact other foreign partner with recommendations to carry out this deal.

A swift acknowledgment of your receipt of this mail will be appreciated.

Thank you and God bless you.

Best regards.

Abraham Ebenezer.00221-490-3294.

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