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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: "lee"<>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 01:59:00 -0500 (EST)

Dear Sir,
I am a Chinese business man based in UAE the president of Belfone Inc UAE, a firm that do haulage business among others.

In the cause of doing my normal business I delved into businesses that are the exclusive preserve of the citizens by legislation and made considerable money, the details of which I won’t discuss in this medium and at this stage for security reasons.

This was suppose to be a top secret but some how the information got to the wrong hands (I mean the government) for this I am seriously being investigated here you must understand that this is a Moslem country with so called sharia law, all my business is confiscated for now I am scared of what might be the outcome so this is the reason I am writing this email to you.

There is money I deposited with a security firm here in UAE the government is yet to discover this money I want to move it out of here preferable to a safe country but because of the status of this money it will not go through the normal banking transfer I may loose the money, and its the only hope I have for now.

The total money is ($21,000,000) twenty one million USA dollars its all in cash I deposited it as family treasure in a box, if you will help me stand as the owner of this money I will forward your name to the security firm which I have consulted and they agreed to move the funds to there sister company in London in a diplomatic means the only thing you have to do is to work with the security firm you are to give them others on what to do the way you want it until the money gets to you this transaction must be between me and you only

Please if you will do it get back to me as quickly as possible to enable me prepare documents of title in your name as the new owner I will give you twenty five percent (25%) of this money while five percent (5%) is set aside to refund all our expenditures made in the course of the transaction.

I will be pleased to get your favourable response only to the address below.

David Lee.

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