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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 Bin Faizal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:30:55 +0100
Subject: expecting your urgent attention.

I am Barrister Sri Mohd Mohammed, an attorney at law. I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust.I need your urgent assistance in transferring a huge sum of money immediately to your account (amount undisclosed for security reason). I will send you full details on how the Project will be executed; I want you to furnish me with these detail’s:

(4)PHONE NUMBER:.................
(5)OCCUPATION :....................
(6)YOUR COUNTRY:...................

Please note that this is legitimate,and will be executed efficiently. After the transaction you and i will Share the money between ourselves,the percentage will be discussed later.

Best regards,

Barrister Sri Mohd Mohammed
(Attorney at Law)

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