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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: umbuso sotoubu <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 17:19:26 -0700 (PDT)

Compliments of the day. I hope that this letter does not surprise you
because we have not met you. However, I urge you to treat the information
which it contains with due and utmost attention. Apart from being
eternally grateful to you, I also assure that you shall be adequately compensated.
My name is Mr.Koffi Umbuso Sotoubu I am the son of Mr.Vincent Koffi who
served as the chief security officer to president Kabah of Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately, my farther was killed During the over throw of 24th December 1997
I came to know of you in my search of a reliable person to handle a
very confidential business transaction, which involves the transfer of
a huge sum of $25,000,000.0( million US dollars) which was
deposited in a finance house ,the former president Tijan Kabah gave him this
money for safe keeping when he got information that the militaries were planning to over throwhim(KABAH).Unfortunately,my farther was killed
in that coup detract, and I am the only person who has all the legal documents to claim this money.My farther gave me all the legal documents that covers this fund
days before his death. I was waiting for things to cool down before forced me
making my move but the recent crisis in my country has to make the move now.For now, i and my farmily is at liverpool Right now, the money is in a safe place.I am using
this opportunity to seek for your assistance to transfer this money into
your account to be invested in your country. All you need to do is to forward to me an account where this money will be sent to so that I can come
over to your country for investment. We don't have any business to cover-up, that is why i need your assistance. If you agree to this proposal, we shall discuss on the parcentage and I will also forward to you all the legal documents that covers this fund for confirmation.Please reply with this email
I awaits your swift response .
Yours faithfully,
umbuso sotoubu

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