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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: "Ramdan Aman" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 14:10:56 +0100
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
considering 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,
Ramdan Aman
Western Sahara

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