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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: "Mr Al-Adel" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 20:54:29 -1200

With deep appreciation of your esteem contact i got from your business wedsite,i wish to introduce myself to u, I am mr Al-Adel from( Iraq), but i am living now in Thailand Bangkok (conditionally) actually i will like to invest in your company. sir i will like to know the procedures of a non-citizen investing in your company\country, actually after reading through your web-site, i decided to contact you because i cannot invest in your company or country without an assistant from someone from your country.I will like you to advice me on a business there that i can invest and the procedures before the investment, why i inquired is because, in investments, you have to look for a good company and country that the safety environmental condition of the foriegn investor is quaranteed,
A company\ country that is trustworthy with good government,good management and better economy to invest so that you can be sure of reaping the good dividends of investment.
thanks very much for taking time to go through my e-mail and i am also looking forward to read your reply soon so that i can detail you on why i contacted you and having interest in investing in your company and how much fund that i will like to invest in the area of the business that we will discuss very well. Please get in touch with me through my private email:al_adel <> for confidential purpose.
Mr Al-Adel

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