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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 ADAMS AHMED" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:10:14 +0100
Subject: ASALAMALECOUM...............

Dear Friend ,
I am pleased to introduce to you a business opportunity to transfer to your oversea account the
sum of $6.4Million USD( SIX million four hundred thousand dollar) through a private finance and security firm situated in Dakar.
I am Mr ADAMS AHMED (Bsc,Msc)The managing director of international money remittance department of Bank of Africa here in Senegal. On 21st April 2002, I surpervised a wire transfer of the US$6.4Million through our Bank to a finance and security firm in Dakar belonging to a foreigner, late Engr.Tharmoud T. Jumaa, Who used to work as an Esate Consultant here in Dakar Senegal before his death on the 17th of June 2002, After a brief illness of a respiratory problem (Asthma).
The finance and secuirty firm at which the deceased made the transfer has issued a note of enquiries concerning the fund's beneficiary as it is against their operational Ethics for a deposit to be left unserviced or unclaimed for a period of five years.
I am contacting you to assist in repartrating the money since the deposit has no Next of kin and Nobody is putting a claim on it before they got it confiscated or declared unserviceable by the finance firm as an unclaimed bill.There is nothing that will stop this finance and secuirty firm from approving the deposit to a foreigner who has the correct information of the deposited item and the deceased, which i shall forward to you upon your positive response and once i'm convinced of your capability and assurance that you will not let me down.
I look forward to your earliest response, insha Allah.

Best regards

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