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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: Umar Aboubacar <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 07:28:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Please give me your co_operation

My Dear,
My name is Umar Aboubacar jr.The son of late Alhaji Umar .T.Aboubacar. My father was a well known gold and diamond dealer from Darfur in Sudan. He was gruesomely murdered in cold blood on January 2006 during bombing of the village of Rahad Kabolong in the western Sudanese state of North Darfur with my mother.
Some months before the death of my father,he told me that he deposited huge amount of money with a Finance Firm, of which he gave me the papers covering the deposit to keep.He warned me that should in case any things happens to him,i should find a reliable person who will help me retrieve the money and invest it in a good venture for the security of my future as i am still a small boy.Now my parents are dead and i managed to escape to Dakar,Republic OF senegal with the help of the united nations.
I am therefore asking for your assistance to transfer the fund into your private or company account for onward investment in your country under your control,because at my age,i don't have a business idea.
I want you to stand as my partner/trustee to the Finance Firm to enable us retrieve the fund out from the Finance Firm and tranfer it into your account so you can invest it well on any good business of your choice in your country.
Kindly reply immediately for more details and all vital informations will be forwarded to you to ensure a smooth and successfull transaction.
Thanks for your anticipated understanding and co-operation.
Truly Yours
Umar Aboubacar jr.

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