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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: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 15:01:07 -0700
Subject: Strictly Business & Confidential.

Strictly Business & Confidential.

Please sorry for my approaching you this way as we have not had prior
communication. However I need your prompt assistance, as a partner to claim
and invest US$47.5Million belonging to an expertriate Oil
consultant who worked in the Persian Gulf and was killed with members of his
family in Basra, Iraq. We have tried to locate his next-of-kin(s) without
success. He deposited US$47.5Million before his death in Europe with the
legal documents in my possession. With the documents you will be positioned
and made the bona fide beneficiary next-of-kin.

You are only required to receive, invest and manage the money in any
profitable business you deem best. I am willing to give 25% of this
US$47.5million as participation fee/ commssion for receiving and investing
the money. 5% of annual investment (75% of total funds) profit as
"Management Commission" on your advised & managed investment(s). I expect
your prompt response stating how and where you plan to invest the funds.
What is the tax regime in your country? Your are to send me the following
1. Full Names and Contact Address,
2. Telephone, Fax and Cell phone numbers.
3, Age, Marital Status, Occupation & Sex.

Your prompt and favourable response is expected. Feel free to ask
question(s) if and where you have any.Do not respond if you are not
interested as I do not have the time to waste. You hereby advised to reply
via the following email:

Respectfully yours,

Gregory Khan

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