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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Engr. IFTIKHAR ALI KHAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:01:20 +0800

Good day to you and your family.I apologize if the content here-under are contrary
to your moral ethics.
My name is Engr. IFTIKHAR ALI KHAN from Pakistan, Currently working as Chief MEP
Engineer in OSMANI & COMPANY (Pvt). Ltd. A Consultancy firm Appointed by ABU DHABI
Municipality Govt. of UAE for Preparation of Tender Documents and Guidance
Drawings, Invitation of Bids, Making Comparative Statement, Recommendations for
Award of Contract, Verification of Construction Drawings and Detailed
Construction Supervision of 250 H.H. Beds SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL-NAHYAN
Hospital Project.
Due to the recent crisis in Syria,I diverted the contract funds meant for Al Furat
Petroleum Company (AFPC) by the government of Pakistan into a bank in USA, for
safety. Al Furat Petroleum Company is one of the largest oil company in Syria.
The amount that is moved to the bank is $42.6Million usd with the help of  a
friend who is a bank manager with Habib Bank Ltd after given him his own share. I
could not move the funds nor deposit it in my name so as to avoid suspicion by the
Pakistan government.
I want to transfer this fund into your bank account. I have contacted the Director
of the bank where the fund is deposited and asked if the fund can be wired to your
account via bank transfer without any trace and he said that it is very possible.
Why i contacted you is that I want you to tell me more about good investment in
your country so that i will move this fund into your bank account and relocate my
investment planning to your country, out of Pakistan, Now that Pakistan security
and  Economic independence had been lost to the greatest lower level, and our
culture has been lost, i have to relocate my family out from Pakistan to your
country after investment.
I need a foreign partner to enable me transport my investment capital and then
relocate with my family, honestly. Tell me more about your country, how good it
will be to invest in your country Cities, Such as buying of properties, houses,
real estate and investments in tourism.
I will appreciate whatever result you may brief me. Do let me know your idea and
knowledge regarding these or any other profitable investment you may suggest.
I shall tell you more about this transaction as soon as i get your readiness
concerning this transaction.
Waiting for your reply
Thanks and best regards,

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