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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. Nizar Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:41 -0700

Dear Friend,
I apologize if my message do not suit your current status, my name is Mr.
Nizar Adams, from Syria married with two kids. I contacted you because I
have interest of investing in your country as well as seek your services in
a private and confidential matter. i believe that there are good business
opportunities where we can invest in your country. so that is the reason
why i contacted you. I have 15 million pounds which i want to use for a
good investment in your country. I need my funds to be invested into any
viable project with an experienced business planner. I have a suggestion of
investing the funds in Oil/energy, Trading, Real Estate, Hotel Industry or
in Building schools for development anywhere that you can be sure to
control better under your close supervision.
Furthermore, if there is any other viable project that you can advise, i
will be glad to discuss and agree with you as i need the funds to be put in
the business system immediately. I am proposing to make this transfer to a
designated bank account of your choice in your country for investment as
soon as possible. In the conclusion of this transaction, you will be given
30% of the total amount, if you are interested, pls respond back to via my
private email {} more details
Best Regard.
mr.Nizar Adams

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