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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: "MINISTER OF FINANCE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 16:54:44 -0700

Dear Sir,

My Names are Adnan El-Sheriff, A businessman from Jordan, real estate developer and contractor with projects.

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business joint venture partnership which I intend to establish in any country where business climate is good and lucrative. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. I need to invest hugely round the world now that the money is available and that I have the opportunity,

I will like to invest into these three key areas in any part of your country. If there is any other business that is better than what I am listing below, please kindly guide me for I will be very glad to follow your advice.

1). Real estate
2). The transport industry
3). General Trading.

If you are ready to do a joint business partnership with me and you can speak english language, then you very much have what it takes to deliver, then you are my kind of person and therefore I will like to hear from you.

I await your response soonest.

Warmest regards,
Adnan El-Sheriff

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