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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: "AMAH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 07:16:48 +0800
Subject: Attn: Please

Attn: Please

>From the desk of Amah Abdul I am the head of accounting department in our bank, I am contacting
you for deal of $22,000,000.00 USD it was deposited in our bank by Mr. Riad Zannoun from Iraq,
the account is dormant and our management is planning to revert the fund in the account because
the man is dead and nobody ever come forward to claim the fund,

I am contacting you to come and stand in as a relative so that the fund would be transfer you while
we will share the money 50%--50% between us, you can click on this link below to know more about
Mr. Riad Zannoun, send your information to me with any of your ID and phone number And let us
proceed, no risk involve, I am waiting your response,

Amah Abdul

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