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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: "MRS ISOWO AMEDI..." <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 10:21:51 +0000
Subject: INVESTMENT...

Hello Dear,
My name is Mrs Isowo Amedi I am an accountant in an holding firm here in dakar senegal and i will be due to retirement in a two year time,
But before my retirement i want to invest the fund that i have made during my time in service into a well profitable business , and i want to invest this fund outside my country for safety reason because i don’t want the government of senegal to question me of getting this large amount of money after my retirement.
In a nut shell i have in my position two million dollars($2.m) in a financier institute and i want to invest this fund in a well lucrative business.
I will be needing your assisitance as my foreign partner to invest this fund in your country , you are to be my front and guide for this purpose .
I will be waiting for your compitency and capability of handling this big project.
Please do not hesitate to contact me upon your acceptance of my proposal.
Upon your acceptance of this proposal we shall discuss the modality of the success of this investment..
Yours faithfully,
Mrs Isowo Amedi..

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