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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: "Umaru S." <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 16:03:02 +0800
Subject: Your benefit

I am Fred Watt Aziz Umaru, first son the deceased Sudanese Royal King. Am a
recent partner to Lehman Brother's UK. For I just concluded my master's
program and since then searching a means to invest the little my late father
left for me. Interested to get a capital intense investment with anyone that
have a technical know-how and a full hands of delications to duties when
necessary. Let me not go far, I want to invest into farming in your country.
The reason why I was meant to contact you is because of your ability,with
you this project I have set in mind would be focus and shot to vision. Help
me to get invert idea of this whole mentioned aspect of investment, help me
get an office and a home for rent as I intend moving from London to your
country. then I would also need a contact of a lawyer that would help me
also follow this issue and handle every ethic rules for foreign investor's
to secure license, resident and tax clearance application. All this I needed
you to come in and be of help.

Your benefit:

1.I would make you the General manager

2.Attractive Salary

3.Home and Welfare

4. commission in every duty done from now.

If you are not interested, please help me to secure someone that can be of
help and take a sit in my business project.

We will talk more once I hear from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Alh. Fred W. Aziz Umaru.

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