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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: "buki dogo" <>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 13:46:34 +0200

United Nation Reserved Area
(UNRA) South Africa.
TEL: +27-844745570
(Assalam! )

Dear Sir,

I know you will be surprised to read a letter from me but please Consider
this as a request from a family in dare need of assistance. I am the wife of
late Brigadier AL-Jubril Dogo from Dafur Region, Sudan. My name is Mrs Buki
Dogo Writing to you from Sudan.My son got your contact information from a
business directory in Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. And I
on behalf of my late husband and my only son, decided to solicit for your
assistance to transfer the sum of US$17 million dollars, from my late
husband's trust account with a bank in South Africa, into your company or
Private bank account.Before the death of my husband, he was a Brigadier
in-charge of Arms and ammunition procurement for the Darfur Liberation Front
(D. L. F.). In his will, he specifically drew my son's attention to the sum
of US$17 million, which he had deposited, in the vault of a Bank in
Johannesburg, South Africa as a family treasure, but it is truly cash while
he boxed it inthe bank as a family treasure due to security reasons.
In fact, he said and I quote ?°my beloved son, I wish to draw your attention
to the sum of US$17 million. I deposited the said fund in a private account
of a Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa; all the documents regarding the
fund are with your mother.I was very dedicated and committed to wining the
ongoing war against the rebels until when I found out that some senior army
officers and government functionaries were busy helping themselves with
government funds and properties, sending them to foreign countries. Due to
this, when I and former special adviser to the President were assigned by
the President (Hassan al-Bashir) to purchase arms in South Africa, we saw
this as an opportunity to divert the money for our personal use.
When we divided the money, my share was US$17 million. I did this in case of
my absence due to death so that you, Abubaka your two sisters and your
mother wouldn't suffer. Take my advice my son; and please be serious with
your Studies, I will like you to please take care
of this money properly for your future and of your mother's and sisters
You should solicit for assistance of a reliable and sincere foreign partner
to assist you to transfer this money out of South Africa for investment. I
deposited the money in your name and you alone with the deposit code, for
you to can claim it. Your mother is with all the documents; take good care
of your mother and your two sisters. Do not disappoint me! Good-bye.
From this word of my late husband, you will understand that the lives and
future of my family depend on this fund as such I will be grateful if you
can assist us. Now what I want you to do for us is to help us clear this sum
from the bank using your name which should be as the foreign partner of my
late husband. You can contact my son (Abubaka Dogo) who is now in South
Africa on his telephone number +27-844745570 for more details or through my
email . I am preparing to travel to South Africa
before the transaction continues, as the war is worsening more and more.

We have agreed to give you 20% of the total sum for your assistance and 5%
for the expenses t
that might be incurred in the course of the Transfer and the remaining 75%
for the family investment abroad, which you will also assist us to
materialize. Further information and Discussion about this transaction will
commence as soon as you give us the assurance and
confidence that this money will be safe when transferred to your account
and, please treat this
matter with urgency. Note that this transaction is 100% free from risk as
our banker and lawyer have taking care of all the arrangement.
Thanks and May Allah Bless us.
Best Regards,

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