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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: Mr Kaloum Savimbi <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 08:52:03 -0700 (PDT)

ANTENTION: Dear Friend,

Compliment of the day, I ascetained your contact through a reliable source,In my search for a foreign partner to assist me in my business.I am Mr Kaloum Savimbi, the son of late former Minister Of Mines and Natural Resource during the time of Major Koromah, the former Military Head of State of the Republic of Sierra Leone, who was massacred by president Tijani Kabba force in their struggle to reinstate him back to power.

I and my brother are refugee here in Accra Ghana since the death of our father, because of the condition of his death.Before the death of my father some months ago he disclosed to me some money he had deposited in a security company here in republic of Accra Ghana.The total amount of money which happened to be$25.000.000.oo,US a security vault in republic of Accra Ghana.

The document regarding this consignment was handed over to me by my father before his death, I carefully search and found the security Company where I confirmed that the consignment were deposited for safe keeping in their securit vault in republic of Accra Ghana.

The content were deposited as a family valuable, By virtue of right as the son of my late father, the security company has accepted to release the consignment factually. I am seeking your assistance because my father has declared the record with the security company stating that his foreign parrtner shall be the authorised person to make claim on this consignment becaues of his position in government on which no name was given by my father as his foreign partner.

To this effect, I request to make you the beneficiary of his consignment in your name as foreign partner to claim this consignment. For your assistance,I am ready to give you 30%from the total sum. This is a risk free transaction as my father deposited this valuable as a personal belonging.In this situation every process to completely move this valuable may not exceed (7) working days, if your co-operation to assist is sort.

please include your phone and fax number for easy communication I shall be very grateful to hear from you, all documents concerning this are intact with me, please kindly reach me as soon as possible.

I anticipate your quick response, as time is no longer in our hands.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Kaloum Savimbi.

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