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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: saif shehhi <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:27:25 -0700 (PDT)

Good day to you,
I am so sorry for sending you this unsolicited and unexpected mail. My Name is
Dr.Saif Shehhi, I am a cocoa famer in my country also working in government in my country in Ivory Coast,Cote d'Ivoire I am searching for a reliable and experienced business partner within the GCC.My consultant tells me that GCC is a good place to invest recently i visited Dubai for a personal purpose and find out that the city is great place to invest in business,
I contacted you base where i got your email in google hopeing you will have experience in middle- East that know much about gulf region who can help me to invest in a good and profitable business. I have reasonable amount of money that i wish to invest in the region and I would need your assistance for investing it either in U.A.E or any country of your choice under your guidance or personal representative for the company depend how you are reliable to make me have confidence and trust in you. If you are willing to help me in this business, kindly give me you details so we can discuss how to see face to face and discuss more details for the proceeding forward ,
your name.......................... .........
nationality................... ......
your privet phone number.......................
your privet email -------------------
Thank you once again for your interest..

Dr.Saif Shehhi

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