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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:14:09 +0100
Subject: HELLO

I represent Raban Group of Company as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
I got your contact from a Business Directory in my agents officeand I decided to contact you directly. We would like to know if youwill be willing to take up our offer of becoming our business partneryour country .
We invest with over $35 Million US Dollars and at the same timeshare the profits according to any discreet stipulated agreementsmade by both parties .
Upon acceptance of this offer,we shall make arrangement for a possiblebusiness meeting between you and my associatesfor Familiarization and subsequent mobilization.
The company awaits to know your decision about this offer,So please kindly get back to me immediately for more discussionsso I know how to proceed with the venture
Allah Bless
Mr.Khalid Al Rabban,Rabban Group of Company

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