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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: "Mr. Amanullah Gulzar" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 22:05:17 +0200
Subject: From Mr. Amanullah

Dear Sir,

Good day,I know you'll receive this letter beyond your imagination and surprise and my proposal been skeptical to you,based on the fact that we've never had any prior discussion to this matter or do we by any means seen or known each other before,nevertheless I would like you to treat the letter as a matter of urgency and accord it every attention required on transaction of its magnitude.

I got your contact in cause of a serious search the for a reliable foreign partner. I'm Mr.Amanullah Gulzar, the son of a late sierra leonian businessman, late Dr.Abu Gulzar, the owner of (RMS) mining company in Sierra Leone. Who died four years ago when the revolutionary united front rebels attacked Makeni town, Sierra Leone. Following the cease fire agreement which was reach last two year with the help of United Nation peace keeping troops,I used the opportunity to leave the country with a very important document of (US$7.600.000)Seven million six hundred thousand U.S Dollars deposited by my late father in finance firm in Dakar Senegal on my name as the next of kin. This money was realized from diamond export, now i and my mother are seeking asylum in Dakar Senegal under(UNHCR)

My main reason of contacting you is that I received an information from the finance firm warning that I should make haste to dislodge the money or I loose it to high dumurrage rate which has piled up since 2000 up till date. They advised that I should present somebody as the beneficiary of the funds because the money can not be released to me as a client considering my status here as a refugee.

I only want this done this way because your country is politically stable for any profitable investment,The document are with me right now in Senegal, it will be faxed to you upon request. which will emphasis the
authenticity of the transfer. However I contact you based on your capability and vast knowledge on international commercial investment. For your assistance and co-operation we will give you 25% of the total sum realized after the successful
transfer of this money.

Please kindly communicate your acceptance of this proposal so that we can discuss the modalities of seeing this transaction through. We count on you greatly for your assistance. Awaiting to to hear from
you soon.

Yours Truly,
Amanullah Gulzar

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