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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: "ABA GANA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:34:39 +0000

Dear Freind

My name is DR Aba Gana the Financial Controller of the former Liberian President MR.CHARLES TAYLOR. Before he left office, he instructed me, being his financial controller to look for a capable hand (some one)who will invest his money one billion USD
in a period of twenty years, the trustee of the money will have 10% of it and the interest will be shared fifty/fifty. The contract can be renewed after twenty years till the problem of Mr. president will be over.
So if you are prepared to work with Mr. President invest his money, please contact me immediately for more details. For your information we also have a Diamond secured in a very big quantity
Please kindly reply if you want to work and do business with us via this email
Dr.Aba Gana

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