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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: alfred some <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:38:27 +0100
Subject: Compliment of the season

FROM: MR ALFRED SOMESECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE,FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPT,WEST AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (W.A.I.M.F)NORTH-WEST REGIONAL OFFICE OUAGADOUGOUBURKINA FASO.SIR,REQUEST FOR URGENT TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF FIFTEEN MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR {US$15,300,000.00}ONLY, INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.Compliment of the season.I am the Secretary to the Director of finance,foreign payment approval dept of West Africa International Monetary Fund (W.A.I.M.F) North-West Regional office ouagadougou burkina faso. My office oversees all developmental projects financed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Within this zone (Burkina Faso, Niger, Tome Togo Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Guinea).With reference to an network search i made for a sure contact to champion this project with me, I do hereby, Wish to commence talk with you on a highly confidential level. After due consultations , i have decided to contact you in order to arrange for a possible transfer of the sum of Fifteen millionthree hundred thousand dollars (US$15.300.000.00) into your account.This money is a subject of an over inflated sum acquired from contracts awarded by my Agency in the past years.The original contractors have however, been paid and all projects executed by them commissioned. This over inflated amount can not be withdraw locally from the paying Bank because the contractors concerned are foreign Firms.As a matter of trust, honesty and secrecy, i have decided to contact you as to assist me provide an account for this transaction if you have accepted to assist and fully participate in this transaction, kindly furnish me with the necessary information such as Bank address, Account number, Account name and your full address. With this information provided, the said sum will be transfer to your account without difficulties.The terms of sharing the money after a successful transfer will be discuss as you indicate your interest in assisting to transfer this money.Immediately all these information gets to me ,i will then present every document to the Bank legally. Be rest assured with my connections, everything will be through within a short time. After many years of meticulous services to the government and people of this sub region I would not want my image to be dented.Therefore I expect you to handle this transaction with utmost maturity by keeping everything secret. I can assure you that if my instructions are carefully adhered to, there will not be any hitch throughout the transaction, there is no risk on your side, because i have perfected the deal very well over years.After the transfer, I will be coming over to your country for further sharing and possible investments after the completion of this lucrative transaction.I will be awaiting to hear from you urgently .Best regards.Mr. Alfred Some
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