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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: "ABDULRAHMAN A. AZEEZ" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 15:21:31 +0400
Subject: Reply urgent

Dear friend
Permit me to introduce myself to you ,I’m Mr Abdulrahman Azeez rafiq the regional manager of National Investment Bank of Accra Ghana w/Africa,I got your contact address through an international business consultant where I was searching for a reliable foreigner and partner to help me transfer money into another foreigner account abroad.This proposal is coming to you in good faith and merit,I’m 49years old married with three lovely kids.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and my family,and this a risk free transaction with my position in National Investment Bank and job obligations I discovered a certain surplus of fund which have been there for years and will remain there even till the end of time.It’s my duty to send a financial report to our branches to the board of directors,I discovered that my branch which I’m the manager made Two million seven hundred and eighty thousand United States Dollars (US$2,780,000.00) which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of.
I have placed this fund on what we call escrow call account with no beneficiary.As an officer of this Bank i cannot be directly connected to this money,My aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your Bank account and get 30% of the Total Fund as comminsion.There are practically no risk involed. It will be a bank to bank Transfer.all I need from you is absolutely sincerity and transperancy.i will present you as the beneficiary to the deposite and back it with my position in the Bank and the head office will order the transfer of the fund into your stated account.if you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much and if you think we can work together and achieve the success just get back to me immediately and I will also like to confirm if you have accepted the ratio given to you as I know that it is generous enough.
Abdulrahman Azeez Rafiq

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