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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: "Ahmed salim" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:39:55 +0200
Subject: urgent and confidential investment

Dear Sir,
I received encouraging information about you and how trust worthy you are. I am delighted
with such a useful information. I am interested in the partnership investment program with
your corporation. First permit me to introduce myself I am the personal assistant to MOHAMED
OULD NAFAA (The Minister of Construction) of the Western Sahara State in the democratic
Republic of Sahara (A tiny country in the Desert). Being the personal assistant to the
minister of Construction of my country, I awarded the contract of IRRIGATION to Portuguese
Firm worth several millions of dollars. In the execution of that project the Portuguese
firm discovered large amount of gold in one of the contract sites. I collaborated with the
Portuguese firm on a mutual agreement on the proceed of which I have received my share of
$14,000,000.00 (Fourteen million dollars). As the personal assistant to the minister of
this Tiny country, I cannot introduce or circulate this funds into the Sahara banking
system onsidering my provisional duty and considering the fact that I earn less than
$1,000.00 monthly coupled with the code of conduct guidelines and regulations for Public
Civil Servants.right now my country western sahara is in a civil crisis with morroco
because of our struggle for political independence.the crisis is intensfing everyday i
decied to leave with my family once i am able to move my money out from western sahara.The
above situation prompted my decision to solicit your co-operation to take delivery of this
funds into your custody for my proposed investment as you will be adequately conpensated
with $2 000,000.00. I will arranage all necessary procedures in ensuring a smooth process for
the funds to get to you. I will appreciate you contact me once you receive this mail
via e-mail account indication your capability and willingness to enable me to give you
more details of my modus operandi of getting this money to you hitchfree. This matter
requires your urgent attention and confidentiality whatever your decision or you can send
your reply through my email
Best regards,

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