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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:

Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:08:27 -0700
Subject: business interest

You may be surprised to receive this mail since you don’t know me personally, but with due respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr.Umar Al-Abdulmalik, the eldest son of Hamas Abdulziz of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you for assistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer fund to his personal or private account for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before but considering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one has to risk confiding in success sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of money (Two hundred Million U.S dollars) ($200,000,000.00) which my late Father deposited with a Financial Security Company in England awaiting claim before he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now I have
decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe for security and political reasons. I want you to help me retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designated bank account of your choice for investment purposes on these areas below:

1) Transport Industry
2) Mechanized agriculture.
3} Estate investment

We have to negotiate on what will be offered to you for assisting me to handle this project while 10% will be for you annually from the profit of the partnership company we are to establish .Please, read more on the news. All I require is your honest and kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon
as you show interest in helping me. I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.

Best Regards,
Mr.Umar Al-Abdulmalik

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