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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: Dr khalifa <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:41:48 +0800
Subject: Dr Khalifa!


Hello Sir/Madam,

Compliments of the day to you (salam-alaikum) I am Dr Khalifa Musa the chairman of the U.A.E Tenders Board. I am making this contact based on my urgent need for a reliable and honest business man or woman who can assist me with a MONEY TRANSFER DEAL AND RAISE AN INVOICE in the tune of the amount stated below. And I hope you will keep this as a top secret because, I am a government official under strict conditions and not permitted to operate offshore bank accounts or own any investments home and abroad while in service. The deal is absolutely risk free, only need a foreign partner with a good financial background to authenticate the deal which will give birth to the immediate approval of the funds in your name.

A contract we awarded to a foreign firm handling a part of the U.A.E Metro-Projects was over invoiced deliberately to the tune of 25.2 million (United States Dollars). The deal is this, you will only be presented as a contractor who had supplied a product and rendered some services worth this sum and yet to be fully paid, thereafter our international bank account officer in Europe or in Asia will contact you for the re-confirmation of your personal data, then the funds will be wired after a strong confirmation letter from home office must have been sent to them.

Will you be able to assist in this beneficial transaction? as I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum, while my share shall be invested in your line of business for security reasons. If you can, please send me your Full Name... Address... Tel... Occupation Age... for the immediate commencement of the official actions.

Best Regards
Dr Khalifa Musa.

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