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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: "charles011" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:52:31 -0700

It affords me a great pleasure to have a business transaction with you. In a
brief introduction, my name is CHARLES BUNGAHI, a Sierra-leonean by
I am the son of late NJAMAH BUNGAHI the former sierra-leonean minister of
internal affairs who was assassinated in Freetown sierra-leon on the 2nd of
July 2006 by the rebbel forces led by major John Koroma in the bit to
overthrown the democratic government.
Before the assassination, my father was also the chairman of the
sierra-leonean national diamond and gold cooperation. The war that broke-out
from the unlawful rabbel overthrown forced us to flew to a neighbouring
village until the West African Peace Keeping Force (ECOMOG) took control of
my village mende then I decided to go back to our family to search for some
vital document and valuables.
When I was searching for document I found keys to my father's under ground
safe, where I discover A payment voucher and A Certificate of Deposit of
Consignment 2 Trunk boxes contain U.S. dollars ($21.5M) being proceeds
gotten from the sales of Gold and Diamond to Libyan government by the co
operation which my father was the chairman.
My father Depsited the 2 Trunk boxes Consignment with TRANS SECURITIES OF
COTONOU-REPUBLIC OF BENIN Republic as a family treasure.
Therefore, I decided to contact you first because I needed a foreign partner
who will help me to receive the consignment in his country, and pay in the
fund into his or her account after which I will come over for sharing and
Note that on conclusion of this transaction, I would like to invest in real
estate or any other lucrative business you might suggest as I wish to have a
partnership with you.
If you are interested:
(1) I will send to you the telephone number of the security company in
Cotonou, Republic of Benin for you to confirm the availability of the
treasure boxes(fund).
(2) I will also fax the security company's Deposite Certificate and the
receipt of the deposit payment by deceased father.
(3) For your assistance, I have accepted to compensate you with 30% of the
total fund, 10% to be paid back any expnses that you will incure during the
complition of this transaction.While, 60% shall be for ME which you will
help invest into buying of shares/stock also to continue my education
I look forward to having a good business relationship with you.I will be
very grateful to hear a positive response from you as soon as possible in
this my email box or Via this my private email address.(
Yours sincerely,
Charles Bungahi.

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