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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: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:52:50 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Please indicate your interest

Dear Friend,

It's my pleasure to Brief you with this proposal for a financial and business
assistance.I know my message will come to you as a surprise.Don't worry I was
totally convinced to write you in reference to the transfer of $8.5 Million
Dollar to your account for onward investment ( Hotel industries and Estate
building management,Factory and Textile Productions And Extruction of Raw
Materials To finished Product For Usage) or any profitable Oriented business in
your country.

I Need you to stand as my foreign partner for investment in your country and
also next of kin to these fund am about to transfer to you if accepted by you
to work with me and receive the fund Amounting to $8.5m.

Please reply immediately if you are interested,so that I can give you more
information. Be Rest Assure that these fund transfer to your custody is risk
free and profit oriented to both of us.

To enable me start the process and remittance of the fund into your bank
account successfully within 10 banking days, I need the following information
from you by e-mail:

1.Full name:
4.Private cell phone:

Contact me by return mail for any question and further discussion on EMAIL:

Your prompt co-operation will be highly welcomed.

Hamad Reshma

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