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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: "Mr. Rosdi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:11:43 -0800
Subject: Business Project Suggestion!!

Please I Humbly Request For Your Business Suggestion!!

I know this proposal will come to you as a surprise because we have not met before either physically or through correspondence. I believe is the wish of God
I am Finance Manager of a lading bank of Arab OCBC Bank Plc Malaysia, contacting you to seek partnership in a pending business project I have in my hands, I will give to you a detailed explanation of this project which if I have your positive response.In my bank i have a business proposal involving an amount of seventeen Million Pounds.(17,000,000.00GBP).In my Bank there were no beneficiary avowed related to this funds. The fund has been declared dormant in my bank

The reason why I contacted you is that I want us to work together to transfer the funds out of my bank into your bank account or any other account of your choice for investment. I will be glad to see if you can partner with me and also be a good and trusted person. I have all modalities fashioned out to give it an excellent outcome. Once the funds have been transferred into your nominated bank account. Both of us will share the percentage as 60% to me and 40% to you. I am open to negotiate your percentage. Your utmost attention and sincerity is needed.

Please email me back for further details.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Bin Rosdi
Executive Director.
Banking & Chief Casher
Contact Phone :+60122587315

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