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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: "ROSE OBANGA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 03:30:23 +0000
Subject: plz help me and my son

I know this is not the right place for me to contact you on business such as this but due to the condition I found myself now.
I'm Mrs. ROSE Obanga wife to late Dr. Arnoldoa Obanga a former president Zimbabwe Farmers Association in Zimbabwe, MeKUto Town Community Leader (Traditional Chief) and also C.E.O Obanga Group of Companies Harare before he was killed by Government Soldiers after he was wrongfully accused of financially supporting the Movement for Democratic Change (N.D.C) Party of which the M.D.C party Chairman Morgan Tsvangirai happen to be a cousin to my late husband.
However, before the death of my husband, he deposited US$45.2 Million with Bank of Ghana. Of which my son is the next of kin. Since my son is yet to attain the 24 years of age which is the age limit for my son to take full control and execute the Will, I deem it necessary to contact you if you can be a BENEFICIARY nominated by my son to help clear the cash from the bank.
Presently, We are now living in Ghana, as political asylum seekers in Budubram Refugees Camp,. After the death of my husband all of his properties were seized and account frozen. For your efforts, I will offer you 15% of the total fund, note that this transaction is 100% risk-free and the major thing I demand from you is to assure me the safety of this fund when it finally gets to you.
If you are willing to assist, kindly mail me back immediately. Upon your response do send me your mobil phone and you fax number Waiting for your response.

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