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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: Ahmad Dangote <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:58:02 +0700


We undersigned Dangote Group are interested in doing a Long-term Joint

Investment partnership with your good self on reasonable size of
Investment on the following
business area in your location.

Most top Priority,are listed below:

a Selling of Commercial and industrial property
b. Hospital clinics. Mult-National Grade and Hospital Equipments
c. Producing Fish Meal and Seafood business
d.Agricultural Fish Farming
Any profitable line of business.

We will provide 100% funds for the Long-term Joint venture business and
will handle total control of day to day management operations of the
Joint venture business.

Within the Joint venture business,we will share profit after
business 20% share to your side and Dangote Group will own 80% share
from profit
after business.

We insist to take 80% Provisional Fixed Assets on Joint Venture
Investment which allow us to earn 80% share Dividend Profit After
Taxation and you will earn by retainership 20% share Dividend Profit
After Taxation.

This Long-term investment funds 250,Million dollars will have a first
Contractual probationary tenure of 5 Years and funds Collateral will be
provided by our Dangote Group joint venture investment funds.

If you accept to enter into this Joint venture business.?

Kindly get back to me with information of how much funds you need to
grow as
Joint Venture Partnership,

From Alhaji Tajudeen Sijuade, Group Finance Director on behalf of
President / CEO

Ahmad Dangote,
International Group Investment Director
Head office
Mobile Telephone +234 -7061174237
Union Marble House, 1 Alfred Rewane Road,
PMB 40032, Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, NIGERIA
Telephone : 234 -1- 270 2893, 271 2231

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