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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: Commercial Bank <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 23:51:32 +0000

From the Desk of:
Adiele Asobi
Reply me thru this e-mail ""
Dear Potential Partner,
I am facilitating for a late private investor/contractor who died years ago leaving behind an unclaimed asset/valuable (Cash Deposit). I want to relocate this asset in your favor and also for you to invest his funds in a long-term business venture in your country/company under your supervision.
The amount available for the investment is 25m Dollars (Twenty-five Million Dollars). This money cannot be approved to a local bank account holder, but can only be approved to a foreigner. If you will stand as next of kin to the fund, it will be shared 50%/50%, As this is a TWO-man business deal transaction, be rest assured you will have absolute control of the investment.
You will be required to;
1. Provide details needed to process the claim for transfer.
2. Receive the funds in your name.
3. Invest and Manage the funds profitably.
I expect to hear from you urgently, as this is a high priority transaction. I desire absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the handling of this funds and subsequent investments.
If you are interested, please send down your response for further details, terms and agreement. Do reply me thru this email:
Thanks with great regards.
Adiele Asobi
Reply me thru this e-mail " "
WARNING: This communication is privileged and confidential and should only be viewed by the intended recipient. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by return e-mail, and then immediately destroy this communication. Any unauthorised use of the contents of this communication is expressly prohibited. Our confidentiality, privilege or copyright is not waived or lost if you received this communication in error. The views expressed in this communication are those of the individual sending it , and do not necessarily reflect the views of Commercial Bank.

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