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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: "Daniel Kadouri" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:03:10 +0100


Dear Sir/Madam,

My Name is Mr. Daniel Kadouri,
I will like to invest in your country/company, but I don't know
if you will be able to assist me when I come over there, this is
my reason of contacting you to know if you will assist me.

I have $36M US dollars to invest in a profitable business in
a/your company/country. Right now this money is in an Embassy
diplomatic vault in Europe. If you can help me to invest this
money or handle it then let me know so that we can plan how
to workout the modalities. please Contact me on my private

Extend my greeting to your family why I wait to hear from
you soon for further information.

Best regards,
Mr. Daniel Kadouri

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