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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: Mr Khalid Bin Yusop <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 03:24:29 +0800
Subject: Trust is all we need!

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Khalid Bin Yusop Director of Operations, ALLIANCE AND LEICESTER BANK
PLC, London United Kingdom.I have urgent and very confidential business
proposition involving transfer of ($85,000,000.00) that will be of
great benefit
for both of us. I will give you more details as regards this
transaction as soon
as you notify me of your interest. Awaiting your urgent reply via my personal
email address( Regards.

Mr Khalid Bin Yusop


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