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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: mbusebutu111 <>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 10:37:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: My Sincere Hello/Reply

From: Mr Nzanga Joseph Mobutu.

Please Reply To:


I know this email will come to you as surprise because we have not met

before.Actually,I contacted you because I never wanted anyone known my
family to be associated with the funds involved in this business. I am
the first son of the late SEKO MOBUTU,the former President of the ZAIRE
now democratic republicof congo .

I am presently on political asylum in Nigeria .

I got your contact over the internet during my search for assistance in
this mutual transaction.this became neccessary as i do not want anybody
known to me to be associated with this money now as we will know each
other we make progress on this transaction.

I want you to note that this business will benefit for both of us and
that it is 100% risk free. However, you must confirm your ability to
handle this because it involves a large amount of money. The funds
my father's estate. I boxed and shipped the money to a security company
abroad at the peak of the a political uprising that rocked my country
few years ago.

Now the crisis has ended , I need a trustworthy person like you to
proceed to the place of the security company in order to clear the fund
and afterwards, i will come to your country for us to start a joint
business venture as i do not have the intention of bringing the funds
back. I want The fund to be use for investment with you as partner.

Note that I will send to you the relevant documents that will enable
you take possession of the fund for onward investment for our mutual

All I need from you is as follows:

1. Your confirmation of your ability to handle this.

2.your word that you will keep this business as confidential as possible

at all times until we conclude this business.

3. Your telephone and fax numbers for communication.

4. Your full permanent address.

As soon as I get the above information from you, I will disclose to you
the name and the country of the security company. i will also forward
to you

the contact of the diplomat that i have hired to assist us in this
business.i will also forward your name and particulars to the security
company to enable them contact you accordingly.

As we make progress, i will also send to you a LETTER OF AUTHORITY and
AGREEMENT LETTER to enable you clear the fund on my behalf. Note that
this is a very safe transaction as this funds is my share of my
father's estate.

I am waiting for your response to enable us proceed.



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