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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:

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 10:12:56 +0200
Subject: i am sorry to tell you that i need your help .......for ........... PARTNERSHIP REQUEST.

TELEPONE NUMBER :+31633711208
Dear Sir,

I am a lawyer resident and practicing in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am using this correspondent to urgently seek and request your assistance in a sensitive but highly beneficial financial arrangement. An important client of mine whose details I can not release at this point has implored me to contact a reliable and trustworthy partner overseas to urgently receive and handle fund totaling FOURTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ($40.m) in cash presently lodged n a security out fit in the NETHERLANDS.
Due to my client's inability to travel out of the country presently and the fact that we continue to accumulate huge debts daily as long as this consignment remain in the security we need a friend and partner to proceed as soon as possible and retrieve this money on behalf of my client and handle it as duly instructed. We have agreed in principle to give thirty percent (30%) of the total sun to whoever shall handle these funds for us while the remaining seventy percent shall be for my client and I. As soon as you are ready to proceed and retrieve this cash on our behalf we shall furnish you with the details and information you will need. Please be rest assured that this arrangement is absolutely risk free and can not implicate you in any way, yet I implore you to handle this matter with urgency and utmost confidentiality even if you dot intend to execute the project for us. Whatever is the case please acknowledge receipt of this letter through the above Email address and if your if your response is positive we shall proceed immediately without any delay.
Thanks you in anticipation of your cooperation and hoping to hear from you soon.
Yours sincerely.
TELEPONE NUMBER :+31-633-711-208

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