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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.Al Hussaini" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:58:53 -0500
Subject: Partnership Required/

Hello Sir .

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you; I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you before now. I will like us to discuss this proposal more extensively, so long as you can demonstrate that you have the capacity to handle such representation I shall be posting you the details soon as I receive your response . I can be reached on phone here , until when I read from you.
Please send you response to (
Mr.Al Hussaini

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