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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 Saliu Kaba" <saliu7@tiscali.co.uk> (may be fake)
Reply-To: saliu_kaba@linuxmail.org
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:48:51 +0000
Subject: Please

kaba501@fsmail.net
ATTN:
MY NAME IS SALIU KABA FROM SERRIA-LEONE.I JUST CAME
IN TO GHANA
WITH MY MOTHER TO PROCESS OUR FUND WHICH MY FATHER
DEPOSITED WITH ONE
SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN GHANA FOR SAFE KEEPING
BEFORE HE
WAS KILLED BY THE
REBEL LEADERS IN MY COUNTRY.HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF
$5.2 MILLION US
DOLLARS,BUT THEY SAFE COMPANY ARE NOT AWARE OF THE
CONTENTS.IT WAS
MARKED FAMILY VALUABLES.AND 300 KILOGRAMS OF GOLD.
HOWEVER, I AM CONTACTING YOU TO ASSIST US TRANSFER
THE FUND OUT OF
GHANA TO ANY OF YOUR DESIGNATED ACCOUNT FOR FUTURE
INVESTMENT.I AND
MY MOTHER HAVE CONCLUDED TO INVEST THE MONEY IN
ABROAD.I HAVE ALL THE
DOCUMENTS FOR THE FUNDS RIGHT WITH ME AND I SHALL
SEND THEM TO YOU IF
YOU NEED THEM FOR VERIFICATION AND CONFIRMATIONS.
THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE AND WE HAVE TO
RESPECT THE UTMOST
CONFIDENTIALITY OF IT AS ITS ONLY YOU AND I ARE
AWARE OF THE CONTENTS
IN THE BOX.PLEASE SEND ME YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND
FAX NUMBERS FOR
EASY COMMUNICATION.YOU HAVE TO ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHT
SHEDULE AND COME
DOWN TO GHANA FOR US TO MEET FACE TO FACE AND GO TO
THE SECURITY
COMPANY FOR CLAIMING.
WE SHALL DISCUSS THE PERCENTAGE AND THE INVESTMENT
PROFILE AS SOON AS
YOU HAVE ACCEPTED TO ASSIST US CLAIM THIS FUND FROM
THE SAFE HOUSE
HERE IN GHANA-ACCRA.WE SHALL CHANGE ALL THE
DOCUMENTS TO YOUR NAME
THEREBY MAKING YOU THE DESIGNATE BENEFICIARY OF THE
FUND. CONTACT ME
ON MY E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR US TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER
EXTENSIVELY. THESE
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.
SALIU KABA


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