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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: ahmed duke <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 11:57:22 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Private and Confidential




I humbly solicit your assistance for the smooth and quick remittance of the sum of Twenty Million United States Dollars (US$20Million) into your personal account for our mutual benefits and for investment purposes. I got your respected contract through your country trade journal.

my name LT.COL DUKE AHMED, I am a Sierra Leonian by nationality and an economist by profession. I was the former personal adviser on financial matters to his Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabba of war-torn
nation Sierra Leone. With the aid of my personal friend who was a deputy director of currency operation in the Central Bank of Sierra Leone. we succeeded in moving the funds out of my country and brought it into Johannesburg, South Africa. Presently, this fund is safely guarded in cash here in Johannesburg with a Private-Security Company registered as precious materials (diamond and gold) belonging to my foreign affiliate, the reason is just to avoid the knowledge of content of consignment.

SOURCE OF FUND:- This was part of (US$45,000,000.00)soft loan that was given to the government of Ahmed Tejan Kabba by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)to help mobilize transaction to peaceful government during the 1997 military massacre and civil disorder.

RISK FREE: - The probe panel which was set up by the government to investigate missing funds and other valuable properties, came up with government report in November 2000 and classified the money as missing in action (MIA) that was part of the things which were destroyed during the armed conflict and the case was struck off.

THE OFFER: - In appreciation to your efforts, I have mapped out 25% for you, 5% is for every expenses incurred both internationally and Locally during the cause of the transaction, while 70% is for I and my Colleague. It is in light of this that I took my time to look for God fearing and sincere person who will assist me to move this fund out of South-Africa where I and my Colleague are as refugees. Please if this
transaction does not interest you, do not disclose it to any person for my security and safety of the fund.

Be informed that this transaction demands highest degree of secrecy, transparency in honesty and confidentiality to your own part. Your personal telephone and Fax numbers are needed in your reply.

I anticipate your quick kind and positive response while thanking you in anticipation.

Best regards,

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