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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: mrs hajia kabar <hajia_kab@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:23:20 -0800 (PST)
Subject: salam. your urgent assistant is very needed.


DEAR FRIENDS.

IAM MRS HAJIA KAB FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFSUDAN NATIONALITY AND THE WIFE OF FORMER DIRECTOR OF DIAMOND AND GOLD COMPANY IN SUDAN , ENGINEER SHERIF KABAR OF THE BLESSED MOMORY WHO WAS ASSASINATED BY THE UNIDENTIFIFIED HOODLUMS.IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY HUSBAND"S ASSASINATION I LEFT SUDAN WITH MY CHILDREN TO GHANA A COUNTRY IN WEST AFRICA WITH THE SOME VALUABLES AND CASH OF $12 MILLION DOLLARS WITH 50KGS OF RAW GOLD UNCUT.

THESE VALUBALE ARE DEPOSITED IN A SECURITY COMPANY SOME WHERE WHICH I CAN NOT DISCLOSE TO YOU YET TILL YOU COME FOWARD WITH A FULL INTEREST OF ASISTING ME, IT WAS DEPOSITED AS A FAMILY TREASURE. HENCE THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS THE ACTUAL CNTENTS OF THE CONSIGNMENT. MEANWHILE I WANTED TO LEAVE GHANA ENTIERLY WITH THIS MONEY FOR INVESTMAENT IN YOUR COUNTRY.BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE OF MY CHILDREN.

I WOULD HIGHLY APPRECIATE YOU TO ASSIST AND A CERTAIN PERCENTAGES OF THE MONEY WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTERANCE INFACT I HAVE SO MANY TO OFFER YOU IF ONLY YOU CAN BE IN A GOOD HELP TO ME AND MY CHILDREN


I WISH TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST. T

THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

BEST REGARDS

. MRS HAJIA KABAR








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