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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: edwardbumah edwardbumah <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 09:17:13 +0000
Subject: Need Your Assistance

Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Edward K.Bumah,the Gen. Supervisor Accounts/ Audit department, in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. DR.George Brumley Jr, who was a known philanthropists to many charitable causes in the Atlanta area,United States of America including hospitals and schools in. The eldest Brumley was for years the chairman of Emory University's Department of Pediatrics and later served as interim dean of the medical school. and a personal friend Died and left behind his deposit in our bank the valued USD$10.5Million Dollars.( Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)under a cross suspense coded account.
It happens that my relationship with Late Dr.George Brumley Jr' started in year 1999 when I was a supervisor in Guaranty Trust Bank. We met in our social annual end of the year party during one of his visits to Cote d' Ivoire then I was introduced to him by my Bank Director where he opened this account some few weeks later making me the account officer to the account and he operated this account until his death. On the 21st of July 2003, Dr. George Brumley, his wife and their two children were involved in a plan crash in Nairobi Kenya. All passengers of the plan unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to US Embassy to locate or know if there is any of DR.George Brumley's extended relatives to confide on but unfortunately this has proved unsuccessful. This is the web site of this tragedy that struck on that faithful day. (
To prevent the bank from claiming this money as Government treasure, I decided to contact you through your email address with hope to discuss under a mutual business understanding to get this money out of the bank and have it transferred to your country through your safe account. I am contacting you to assist in moving the money left behind by Mr.George Brumley before they will be confiscated as unclaimed bill since the bank has declared the account unserviceable and since his death nobody has come forward for the claims of the fund and I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives.I therefore seek your consent to act and represent as the next of kin of the deceased, Late Dr George Brumley so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$10.5 Million Dollars can be paid to your account abroad. l have decided to offer 25% of the total money for your kind gesture and 5% for expenses procure, as I will need to travel with my entire family down to your country after the sucessful transfer of the fund.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through, of which you must represent as foreigner with an account abroad to enable us claim this money from my bank and whereby you will not let the bank my involvement with you as the brain behind the claims of the fund. If you are interested, your contact information are very necessary, your home address, private telephone number. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me as l look forward to hear from you soon.
Best regards,
Mr, Edward K.Bumah
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