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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: "Ab Jalil bin Ab Kadir" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:38:51 -0000
Subject: Greetings

Dear Friend,

My name is Ab Jalil bin Ab Kadir, I am a private business consultant for
very eminent persons in the Asian and West Africa region. They have
appointed me to source on their behalf a foreigner with whom they can
jointly entrusts reasonable amount of money, which will be channeled into
a highly lucrative business venture. I got your address through the
chamber of Commerce and industries.

They have $106 million (One hundred and six million United states
Dollars). They request strict confidentiality due to their public
nature.they prefer to be anonymous hence i have been given the mandate to
source for someone of high business experience with very good reputation.

Proposal in summary:My clients are top government officials in the Asian
and West African region they want the funds to be invested through a
well-established businessman abroad who can front for them without
disclosing their identity. You will be made the beneficiary of the funds
in order to manage these funds on their behalf and you will be awarded
20%of the total sum as your share in this deal then invest the rest for

So if truly you are interested in proceeding, Kindly indicate by sending a
response to my e-mail address:

Yours Sincerely,
Ab Jalil bin Ab Kadir

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