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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: "Sami Hafez Anan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:28:18 +0100
Subject: Investment Proposal

Attention: Sir

I am formal Army Chief of Staff Sami Hafez Anan of Egypt.

I am presently trying to cool off in London, for just a short while.

I was going through your chamber of commence in your country when I run across your contact inquiry on the internet, hence I decided to contact you. I have confirmed of your country’s political stability, investment opportunities, good economic policies, dependable investment infrastructures, stable and buoyant economy and above all, the hospitality of your people.

Your Profile is outstanding in the business world, and no doubt you are a business technocrat or mogul, whom i need to make my investment dream come true.

I am ready to invest with you, either in your company, if it is permitted by your law, or in any other lucrative business of your conviction.

By virtue of my profession as a soldier, I am fully ignorant in the business world, but fully grounded on security matters and country politics. This is the reason why I need technocrats in business like you to invest with.
I have the sum of eighteen million five hundred thousand (18.5Million GBP) for investment in your country, and I will propose as follows.

1. I want any investment that in the next 8-9 years, I will get my principal sum back, and the investment will still be running. The profit from the investment, will be shared prorate between us at 50% each person.

2. I will be given you a free hands in both decision making, and venturing into any new lucrative business of your conviction.

3. I will like you to be my partner/manager/consultant, and am ready to give you 5% of the principal investment fund upfront immediately the total sum hit your account, for your upkeep and logistics while you run this investment for me.

If you feel that you can deliver. Let me have the following data below for my lawyer to draft an M.O.U (memorandum of Understanding)

Full Name

As soon as you are issued the Memorandum of Understanding by my Lawyer, please study it, sign and return back to me through him, so that I will do same and send a copy back to you.please contact me with my private email

Kind Regards,

Sami Hafez Anan
Mob: Tel:+44-704-573-8744

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