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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:22:54 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: From Mr. Obosh Richard

From Mr. Obosh Richard
Mutual Benefits Request
Gold Refinary Company
Johannesburg - South Africa.

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Obosh Richard. I work for the government owned Gold Refinery Company here in South Africa. I wish you to help me lay claims to balance funds derived from a contract executed by one of our contractors. The total contract sum was US$158,109,000 and US$140,000,000 has already been paid. Leaving a balance of US$18,109,000.

It is my intention to form a company with you when the funds are paid. My area of interest is Real Estate business nvestment. I also desire absolute confidentiality and professionalism in this transaction. For more information, write to me at ( with the following information, your Full Name, Home or office Address, Age, Occupation and Direct telephone number so i then call you for us to discuss in details about the entire transaction and investment plans.

I Wait to hear from you
Mr. Obosh Richard

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