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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: "Abdul Alli" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:26:19 -0600
Subject: Please Respond ASAP (27-02-12)

Dear Sir/madam
Please I am looking for an advisor and or partner who will guide/partner me in investing. I am Abdul Ali, male, 30, from Somalia but temporarily living in United Kingdom for the past few months with my sister. For some personal and security reasons we left Somalia, my father having been wrongly arrested and accused of supplying arms to the pirates and my mother was killed in the process. Our United Kingdom visa got expired some months ago and we were never allowed to renew it because my passport has expired calculating from its date of issue.
I was asked to go get a new one, and that I will not be able to do for now because it may not be safe for me due to issues of my father’s arrest and detention. We have some money that was deposited in a firm safe company by my father in Switzerland, I cannot be allowed to invest or even open a bank account to put it in because of my document. And carrying it out of Switzerland by myself will not be too easy for the money is {US$17m}, so as am worrying and thinking on what to do, I decided to contact you after getting your email contact.
This is because my mind did strongly inspire me to write you, even though I am yet to know you better. All I am looking for is whether you can assist me in moving this money out to any place it can be safely kept pending when I shall be ready for investing it. We shall discuss and agree on what shall be your compensation for any assistance rendered. And if you have good business investments ideas, I wouldn’t mind partnering with you in its investments as soon as I can get new documents. You will be required to bring in your investments ideas and I bring in part of the fund {say 40%} so we can put them into any good profitable investment you have good knowledge of in a mutually rewarding terms.
Thanks for finding part of your precious time to read through my email. Hope to read from you soon. Please do get back to me through my private emails addresses [;] and do feel free to ask me any question regarding my proposal.
Regards and God bless

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