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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 05:32:29 -0500 (EST)

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From: "Mrs Augusta Bah"<>
Subject: Regards.
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 00:29:14 +0200
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From: Mrs Augusta Bah.
Phone: +27-78-515-4173


With much regards and good purpose of request, I write to seek for your co-operation and assistance to secure a financial deposit made by my late husband who is now late.

I am MRS Augusta Bah from Sierra Leone.

My husband who is Mr Ibrahim Bah deposited as family valuables this fund in a private Security company here in Johannesburg South Africa.
However, he was the vice president of the Sierra Leone National Mining Corporation, popularly called the Diamond Corporation because of its mineral produce, which is our country's major mineral resource. During the war, with obvious reasons because he could not leave the country due to his top government position in the mining corporation, he had to shift his personal funds out of our country for safekeeping.
At that time he had to arrange for me and my children to leave the country and stay in South Africa to seek asylum pending when the civil war will be over.

Unfortunately he died during the re-election through cardiac arrest.

The war has ended and there has been re-election in my country,. In view of this deposit, I am soliciting for your sincere help to enable me transfer it to a foreign account of yours/company where it will be effectively utilized for investments and project in your country or any other country in overseas.

I would like to know if I could confide in you in this transaction so that we can find a way to go in more details have kept this issue very confidential because I am woman decided to look for a foreign partner because I do not trust people around me over here.

I am willing to give you (25%) of the total fund and 5%for of the total fund for any expenses that will made in this Transaction and also bear in mind that this transaction is 100% risk free.
The deposited amount is (16,400,000.00 dollars) be that I am a woman with two (2) children I thought it wise to entrust this transaction with a foreigner, either individual or company account that can accommodate this fund and suggest a good investment where it could be well utilized.

You can contact my son Adams Bah with the above phone and fax number he will give you more information.

I look forward to your earliest response for more Details.

Best regards.
MRS.Augusta Bah.

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