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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: "sany anada" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:59:37 +0000

Sany Anada,

Dear friend
I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise, but I will like you
to take it as one of the good things that come to us through God our saviour
once in our life time.

My name is Mr. Sany Anada, I am the Personal Assistant to the former
Minister of trade and Industry. During the time my boss was the minister he
used his good office to award contract to some foreign companies and
intentionally inflated the contract amount to the sum of $75million, while
the actual value of the contract was $50million,with the intention of
collecting the contract balance of $25million.

Now that the contract has been concluded and the contractors had taken their
$50million, my boss was unable to move the balance of $25milloin out of the
country before his untimely retirement from office, hence the fund is now
lying as an unclaimed fund with the ministry of finance. Without any body
knowing about this, only my self and my boss the former minister who is now
late (May his Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace Amen.) as things stands now
I want to seek your indulgence to move this out from my ministry and
transfer it out to your company or personal account for safe keeping,
sharing and investment with you, because as a government official we are not
allowed to have foreign account in my country Togo or any other country in
the world, hence I need your help here.

At the end of the transfer I will fly to meet with you in your country or
any other place you may wish, for the sharing and disbursement, I will also
like you to help me find good investment areas where I will invest my own
part of the money in your country.

Please, if you are ok with this my request, I will like you to inform me as
soon as possible to enable us start with the transfer. You will have to call
me on my direct line, or email me immediately to speak with me to register
your interest in this transaction.

If I did not receive any response from you after 2weeks of sending this mail
to you, I will know that you are not willing to help, I will have no other
alternative than to look for another person who will assist me, as this is
my only hope in life and I will do every thing humanly possible to
achieve it .

Looking forward to establishing good business and family relationship
our good self. May God Almighty Be with Us to achieve this our mutual goal.

Remain Bless
Yours truly
Sany Anada

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