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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: "Mohd Idris" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:44:57 +0700

Dear Friend,

My name is Mohd. Idris Yusuf from Bristol,citizen of United Kingdom although
Kuwait origin,Am pleased to write you as i truly need your guide in my
investment scheme in your country.I found your email during my investment
search so i contacted you on this vital issue which i see as being important
in your country through you.I have decided to establish a partnership contact
with you for project assistance in your country as soon as we conclude
arrangements.There are few basic things i would like you to assist me in;

(1)Company name registration.
(2)Your assistance to carry out feasibility study on lucrative areas/choice of
investment that will benefit us.
(3)How much capital will be sufficient.
(4)Security of the investment and continuity.

I shall make prompt arrangements to travel down with the estimated cost of
capital as soon as i read from you.Please indicate your full name and your
personal phone number so i can reach you.Moreso, I would appreciate if you
could call me on my mobile for further discussion. Tel: +447031823314

Thanks for your anticipated honesty.

Yours sincerely,

Mohd. Idris Yusuf
Tel: +447031823314

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