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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 04:20:21 +0530
Subject: =?utf-8?q?I_Want_To_Invest__=C2=A315_million_Great_British_Pounds_In_Your?=

I need your sincere and honest assistance. I am interested in establishing
and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad.I do
not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you
to help me in this regard.

My preference is any good profit yielding business and I would appreciate
any viable ideas you could come up with. I will also need you to help me
look for properties like homes and lands for sale as I am proposing to
invest the sum of 15 Million Great British Pounds ( £15,000,000.00
GBP) for this. I do not know if you can be of help to me.

For a brief on my personality; my name is Aliru Mohammad Abdullah kamaradin,
i'm an Arab man based in the UK at the moment because of the crises,i was
formally living in Syria with my family, because of the crises in Syria,i
moved my family to the UK and bought a big house there,I am a retired
Business man, formally into Oil and Gas business,and i also own a large
construction company too, I am 55 years of age, Divorced with 4 lovely kids.
I dropped my business because it wasn't producing profitable income in the UK,
I have had so much problems with the British Authority this few period that.
i am in the UK just because am a foreigner I believe and because am a Muslim.

My need for this business proposition and to acquire these properties is
very urgent as I am planning to move out of this country UK with my
family down to your country.
I want you to help in finding a good home where my family and I will live
in (Mini Estate). Please I expect your good and prompt reply so that we
can proceed swiftly. I will need your phone and fax numbers for easier
communication with you in case i am unable to access my emails.

Below is my contact number, you could give me a call if you are interested.
Please reply to my personal email address below if interested and not to
my company email: e-mail:

Best Regards,
Aliru Mohammad Abdullah kamaradin.
Tel +44-871-974-1274

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