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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: drmustafaa kamil <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:06:19 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Good Day Friend

Dear Friend
            Please Read Carefully and Get Back to Me Please, My urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact
You for this transaction. I got your contact from yahoo
Tourist search while I was searching for a foreign partner.As this message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it
All just sure of your capability. And reliability to champion
This business opportunity when I prayed to good Lord about you. I am a banker by profession and currently
Holding the post of assistant foreign remittance director in
Our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over
Funds ($5.5 million dollars) of one of my bank clients Mr Franklin Sullivan’s who
Died along with his entire family in a plane crash. Hence,
I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be
Shared between us in the ratio of 60/40% if you agree to my
Business proposal.  Further details of the transfer will be
Forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail.Immediately you receive this letter. Please indicate your
Willingness by sending the below information for more
Clarification and easy communication. You can as well call my
Direct line for further up date +226-74-18-35-16. (1) Your full name........... (2) Your contact address.............. (3) Your phone and fax number.......... (4) Your age.................. (5) Your country name........... (6)Your Occupation..........., Hoping to hear from you immediately
Yours faithfully
Dr Mustafa Kamil

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