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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: bamogo bamogo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:51:23 +0100
Subject: Your urgent response needed.

Dear Friend,It is my sincere pleasure as at the moment to exhibit my total trust bestowed on you in accordance to my partnership relationship with you, which I am fully convinced of Irrespective of my ascertion that you really welcome my partnership with you in this transaction, otherwise being very skeptical about dealing with Africans in such transaction, now it is my Godly nursed intention to prove myself to you that I am very much different from others you may have come across in the time past. I want a more concrete arrangement in couriering to your doorstep, a total of US$5million through a diplomatic delivery means in your name, which you have to lodge into a virgin account, for the account to be able to accommodate a total of US$25.m without suspect, as I have mapped it up for the Funding of Companies. Note: that I decided against transferring all these funds through K.T.T direct to your account or to the virgin account for some reasons I know this may attract as thus: 1) The knowledge of the African Developement bank (ADB) as to monitor all outgoing funds across the nations must be to the awareness of the apex bank, which is the ADB.2) As regulated and highly prohibited against civil servants, I am under the cash regulation policy. I have gone into arrangement with a Courier company that ships cargoes from Burkina-faso to your country, Understand that I have discussed extensively with Them,to assist me undertake the delivery of a personal consignment to your country, registered in a name of a friend (your name) as a personal/family valuables, to be delivered at your doorstep. Thank God Almighty, they accepted without argument, as they are aware of my standard in Government and in the banking institution with the Government of Burkina faso.All I am expecting from you, as a matter of urgency is your receiving address, your complete name as the recipient of the package, including your direct 24hours open Cell/Mobile Number where they can reach you on their arrival to your country. Be informed that I have packaged the money in three metallic official boxes as in the name of a family valuables. The Courier company are leaving for your country by next week. I urgently want your receiving address, your full name and your cell phone to be open 24 hours, so as to enable them,contact you on their arrival for immediate delivery at your doorstep. You only have to keep them well entertained at your wish. Mail me immediately on your receipt of this mail as you can see, it is very important we talk with each other as the courier will be leaving next week as I have arranged with them. Please Understand that we should not entertain any sign of disappointment to the courier company in order not to keep them stranded at the Airport. I look forward for your immediate response.Best regards,Mr Bamogo.
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