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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:52:28 +0000

My Dear ,

I writing to you with the hope this mail would meet you in good health.
I am the son of ex-inspector general of police ( Mr. Tafa Balogun ), the
federal Government of Nigeria has discoverd my father's secrect account &
have confiscated it and I strongly beleive that if they also discover the
money my father saved on my
name, they will also ceased it. Please,permit me to front you to Claim the
money which was
deposited in a Bank Based on the Current situation,I'm apprehensive to
travel to Europe
but if you can give your consent to assist me claim the said money,The
amount is USD$ 11 Million.

I have made every arrangement with the bank on how you are to receive the
money into your
bank account secrectely. I hope to come over to your country as soon as this
funds come to your possesion.Because i would like ( you and i) to go into
viable project which would suit both of
us in your country If you agree to assist me,please forward your Telephone &
fax numbers
so as to talk with you & give you details of the Bank and how to go about

Get back to me via my alternative email

Thanks and God bless.
Gbenga Tafa Balogun

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