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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 Qadeer Fitrat" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 15:04:45 -0600
Subject: RE: Please read carefully and respond

Please read carefully and respond.
Please can i see you face to face? I have send this message to 2 India gentle men because i believe India is good for investment but the India gentle men said it a joke but I believe this world is a free place to do business with anyone with my experience in the banking industry and this is not a joke.
I am the former Afghan central bank governor and my name is Abdul Qadeer Fitrat. I am having little problem with my government which i will be settling soon. As the former governor of the central bank i did business with governors and president of Korea which gave me lot of money and my government is questioning my funds.
I have funds in different account in Swiss Bank and royal bank of Canada but my government have confiscate my funds in Swiss Bank account and royal Bank of Canada.
I am having just $60,000,000.00 Million in Natwest Bank which i open the account on a secret name but my name is on the middle name which you can see below statement of account.
I have access to communicate with my bank officer in Natwest Bank and i need a foreign partner who can receive these funds and invest into a good profitable investment.
I need to hear back from you soon so as to sign agreement with you.
I hope I can trust you?
Do you have a company of your own? I ask this so that we can invest together and you will manage my funds secretly.
If we can achieve this, none of our generation will suffer; please don't let this opportunity pass us by.
Write back soon please.
Yours faithfully,
Abdul Qadeer Fitrat
My Telephone No: +44 703197576
Account Overview        Transfer Funds        Message Center        Update Profile         Upload Passport Photograph        Logout
Welcome Mr. Adiloa Qadeer. Jaba.           
          You have (8) Bank Message(s)       ACCOUNT SUMMARY  Offshore Account
Account Name Mr. Adiloa Qadeer. Jaba Account number: 03220000445588
Previous Balance  $120,900,000.00
Available Balance $60,000,000.00
                                                        TRANSFER HISTORY
Fund Transfer Sender Ehijeff Silly
Destination Account  03220000445588
Credit $60,000,000.00

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