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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: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 10:06:48 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?GOOD=20=20DAY=2C?=


NIGERIA. Here in NIGERIA Our firm is a security company of high repute with
years of outstanding service to the people of Africa.I have resolved to
contact you through
this medium based on business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to
both of us.
I got your particulars through a consultant company base on my research
for atrustworthy and established person that understands investment ethic
for entering into a life time profitable joint partnership investment and
also co-operation with confidence and
trust that you will keep the contents secret and divulged to any third
To be explicit and straight to the point. Some time early 1997, a reputable
client of ours deposited a consignment in our company\'s vault for safe
keeping.And since then our client has failed to
come forward to claim his consignment, which has accumulated a considerable
amount of money in demurrage.Consequently, in our bide to contact this
to redeem the demurrage which his consignment had accumulated we discovered
that our client was the
former president of the Federal Republic of Zaire, who died of illness after
he was de-throwed in the same year the consignment was entrusted into our
care.Since the death of our client President Mobutou Seseseko, none of his
benefactors has come forward to claim the consignment with us, which means
that non of
his relatives or aids had any knowledge of this consignment.
Hence out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the two boxes that our
client deposited in our vault. And to my surprise I discovered that the
two boxes that were registered as treasurer by our client actually contained
a considerable amount of money in United States Dollars amounting to about
US$30 million Dollar.Since this development I have been nursing plans
I also found out from enquiries and the foreign media that our late client
siphoned a lot of money from his country while he was in office as head
of state.It is my conviction that the consignment
in our vault was part of the money that our client siphoned and now that
he is dead there is no trace to this money in our care.I am now soliciting
your noble assistance to assist me in transferring this money out of nigeria
to yourcountry for immediate investment with your assistance.I have also
that you will generously been titled to 30% of the total amount.
Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist me of
this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights
of ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate your easy
and transfer of the
complete funds to your country.
you have nothing to worry about, as I will be there to assist you in anyway
necessary with all proper documentation.
This transaction is 100% risk free.Please maintain absolute confidentiality
on this matter.
Please reply to the above email address with your telephone and fax so that
i can call you.
Yours faithfully.

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