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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: "michael bah" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:12:18 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam

I am looking for your cooperation in building a Tourist Hotel/shopping Mall
or Real Estate in your country. I am sorry if this is not in line with your
business.I need an experienced person like you to assist me to set up
develop the project and assume responsibility of ownership as chairman but
will be bringing in profit /distribute profit monthly or annually.

I am MICHAEL BAH,a citizen of Nairobi ,Kenya.A former Presidential adviser
on Budget and planning to the former president of Kenya,Daniel Arab Moi.I
acuirred this money as a result of gold and diamond export.

I am currently in possession of $70Million.,which i want to use for
investment purposes preferably in your country.

Now the present government of Mwai Kibaki has intensified efforts at probing
Moi's government, goverment officials have turned their backs on us and have
been frustrating me and others that served under Daniel Arab Moi. For this
reason, I left Kenya for United Kingdom.

That is why i need someone like you who is trustworhty and honest, to assist
me achieve my objectives,and also manage the business for me.
However ,I got your email information on your Hotel contact list,that is why
i am making this exclusive contact with you. Your immediate reply will be
highly appreciated and I shall give you more information on this project,and
your percentage and all what is expected of you.

Please contact me to indicate your interest

Your response is higly welcomed.

Thanks and God bless.

I Remain Yours;


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