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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: "Mohd Aminu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:41:41 -0500
Subject: GOOD DAY

Advocates & Solicitors, Company Secretary and Investment Banking Consultants
No. 21A Tingkat 1 Jalan SriSarawak15
Tmn Sri Andalas, 41200 Klang
Selangor, Malaysia.
Good day to you,
Firstly my name isMohd Aminu Bin Ramli, fromMalaysia,I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business deal. This transaction will be useful to both of us if we work in total unison.
I have a deceased friend who hereinafter shall be referred to as my client that share the same last name with you, who died on 20th of June 2005, leaving behind assets and fund in the bank without a heir to inherit all these property and the deposited fund in the bank.
I have contacted you to assist me in distributing this fund left behind by this client of mine before it is confiscated and declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at ($6,700,000.00) Six million Seven hundred thousand united state dollars was lodged. This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated since I am in-charge of the clients property and holding his vital legal documents.
I want to seek your consent to present you as the heir and beneficiary of this fund deposited in the bank because I cannot lay claims to the fund myself because of my affinity with the client, so I seek your assistance since you are abroad, so that the proceeds from this deposit account can be transferred to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agree percentage. All the legal documents to back up the claim as my client's heir will be provided to you to be sent to the issuing bank for scrutiny, verification and certification before the fund will be released to you.
All I require of you is a candid cooperation to enable this transaction accomplish. Lastly, everything will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
If this business offer offends your moral ethics and values, please accept my sincere apology. But get back to me as soon as possible if you indicate interest in this offer for more details,
I am looking forward to receive your prompt response.
Yours faithfully
Dr. Aminuddin Ramli (LLB, LLM, PhD)

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