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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:39:51 +0200

*From Abdul Kalam*

*Email: **(**)*

*Tele: +27838795528*

*Dear Friend,*

*I am Abdul Kalam originally from Syria currently in South Africa we have
some money $15.5 million Dollars we want to transfer to your country for
investment purpose, I will give you 25% from the total sum after you help
me receive the money in your custody, we want to invest in real estate and
hotel management, please don’t mind my English.*

*I wait to hear from you.*

*Abdul Kalam.*

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