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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: "Lt. Gen. Paulin Obame NGu ma" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 16:03:05 -0700
Subject: I am Paulin Obame NGu ma, National

Dear Friend,

I am Paulin Obame NGu ma, National Security Adviser to President Omar Bongo Federal Republic of Gabon. Who died 8th of June, 2009, after ruling the country for 42 years.

I decided to contact you because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of policy in Gabon since his death on 8th June 2009 in Barcelona after a brief illness.

Before his death he amassed a fortune, including 66 private bank account and more than 45 houses all over the world in the name of his immediate family.

He also made a lot of cash deposit in big security companies in Spain, France and Belgium and Switzerland.

This is to inform you about my plan to send some funds to you via cash delivery. This system will be easier for you and for us. I am going to send a payment of US$5 Million to you via diplomatic courier service.

Note: The money is coming in sealed security proof box. I will use my position as the National Security Adviser to the President to send this fund to you. Please you don't have to worry for anything; the box is coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the box to your house address.

All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address and your identity such as, international passport or drivers license including your contact phone numbers, The Diplomatic attach will travel with the boxes and he will call you immediately he arrival in your country's airport. I hope you understand me. Please don't send money to anybody in Gabon, also, I will let you know when the air-lift takes effect.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original content of the box. What l declared to them as the content is FAMILY VALUABLES as a family valuable treasure. I did not declare money to them. If they call you and ask you of the contents please tell them the same thing Ok, I will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement.

I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment. This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without a hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately.

If you need more information about this, please I need urgent reply because the box is scheduled to leave as soon as we hear from you. PLEASE REPLY ME AT }

Best Regards,

Lt. Gen. Paulin Obame NGu ma

Security Adviser to the President

Federal Republic of Gabon

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