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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: "tafa balogun" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 06:53:35 -0500

Happy day!!!!!
I greet you in the name of our God Almighty. I am chief Tafa Balogun a
detained inspector general of police Tafa Balogun. former Chief of Army
staff, Inspector General Tafa Balogun (Rtd) during the administration of
Democracy of the present president of Nigeria,President Olusegun Obasanjo
and the vice President Mr. Atuku Abubakar respectively.

I gained access into your e-mail account in my view of searching for a trust
worthy and reliable personality through the Internet.
At the moment my facing trail and is being kept under serious
surveillance by the present civilian government {EFCC} since 20th of April
2005. The reason why I am now reaching out to you is because i have decided
to source for a trustworthy and reliable foreigner who can assist me to
claim the sum of US$23,000,000.00. and keep in a safe or invisible bank
account for a possible investment on my behalf.
This fund had been secretly withdrawn into the safe of a security
company overseas. This is because i don't want this fund to be traced from
me or any member of my family because of my present predicament.
More so, the present civilian administration is mostly occupied by the
political rivalry of me, who likely want the downfall of my entire family.

Presently some of my properties have been seized and both my local plots of
land,houses and offshore bank accounts have been frozen.
What I need from you now is to assist me and my family in claiming this fund
from the private security/finance company overseas on behalf of me.Your
interest for assisting me and acting, as my foreign partner and sponsors
will be 25% of the total sum to be claimed. You will also be coordinating
any future investments we may decide to carry out overseas with this fund on
behalf of my family. Automatically you will be the family fiduciary agent
and foreign partner.
I will be delighted, if you treat this business as confidential and urgent.

Please on no account should you discuss this business with any third
party,as you, my self, the family attorney , were the only people having
knowledge of this fund. I want to assure you that this business is 100% risk

It does not connect to Tali ban/ Terrorist financial matters or drug/money
laundering affairs. It is absolutely money kept offshore by my self for
business and family use after my retirement from Nigeria Army service.

Please don't hesitate to get back to me urgently whether you are
interested to assist or not. You can reach me through the above e-mail
account. I will be obliged for your anticipated co-operation and assistance.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Yours truly,

Tafa Balogun

The Almighty God will bless you.

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