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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: "Khalid Ahmed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:48:50 -0700

Good Day,
I represent a group of company based in the Gulf Region with access to  over 270 Million Euros and we are seeking means of expanding and  relocating our business interest abroad in the following sectors:  oil/Gas, banking, real estate, stock speculation and mining,  transportation, health sector and tobacco, Communication Services,  Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, thus any sector.
If you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any  of the mentioned business sectors or any other business in your  country, Please
write me for possible business co-operation. More so, we are ready to  facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 10%  annual return on
investment (AROI) Joint Venture partnership and Hard loan funding can  also be considered.
I am confident that you will give your consideration to this proposal  and respond positively within a short period of time. I am available  to discuss this proposal with you and to answer any questions you may have in  regard to this investment. As soon as you give your positive response  to this proposal, I will not hesitate in sending you the details information  of this great investment partnership opportunity.
I look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you.
Khalid Ahmed
P.O. Box: 75457 Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

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