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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: "SULE AHMED MANI" <sule_ahmed2007@yuahoo.co.uk> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 11:28:30 +0400
Subject: ASSISTANCE AND INVESTMENT


Dear Sir,
I know my message will come to you as a surprise. I wish to write you this letter of assistance believing that you will not betray the trust I'm to bestore on you.
By brief introduction, I am Ahmed Mani the son of Hanis Mani Mani former chief of defense-staff of (Republic of Guinea Bissau).
I got your contact from a business magnet who told me to feel free to do any business with you. That you are trustworthy and also your capability of handling business is good. He made me to surmise totally that you must be such an erudite businessman full of ingenuity.
My late father was killed just last year December following his role as a rebel leader against the past government of guinea Bissau.
Following this political crisis, I was forced to live our country to Abidjan the capital city of Cote d'Ivoire for my dear life.
It is here in Abidjan he deposited ONE METALLIC TRUNK BOX in a Security Company. He registered it as an African Artworks as belonging to his foreign business partner who will come with the keys for the claim of the consignment. He did not disclose to the Security Company the real content of the box.
The box contains US$ 20,000.000.00 (twenty Million United States Dollars ). To be honest with you, this is the only legacy left for me by my father which Iam with the certificate of deposit and other necessary documents regarding this deposit.
I want to front you as the bonafide beneficiary of the consignment and claim the consignment for onward transfer of the Fund to your Bank Account abroad for onward investment in your Country. I have decided to offer you 5% of the total sum and 2% for other mecellaneous expenses you may incur on the cause of this transaction. On the notice of your willingness to assist me, I will tell you the modalities we shall follow to ensure a smooth hitch-free transaction.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards.
Sule Ahmed Mani

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