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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "lamba zannah" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 10:09:14 +0100

Dear Friend,

Permit me to introduce myself, My name is Mr.Lamba Zannah.I work with a Bank
as Assistant Auditor,In the discharge of my duty, I stumbled on this
domiciliary account that has remained dormant for three years now with 7.5
million dollars(US$7.5m)in it. I contacted my director and we sent out
staffs for enquiries and discovered that the account holder died in an
accident with his family of three.

I am writing you so that we can work together to remit the money to you as
his next of kin because this money belongs to a foreigner and has to be
claimed by a foreigner.

You will receive 30% of this fund for providing your account,I guarantee
this transaction under a legitimate arrangements that will not breach the
law by both parties, it is simple process which will take a short while to
process as I am your anchor man.

1. Your full Names =======
2. Your Full Contact Address=======
3. State/Country========
4. Your Phone/Fax Numbers=====

I will tell you all you need to Know about the money as soon as I hear from
you.reply through my alternative email (
for further clarification.

Best Regards,

Mr.Lamba Zannah

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