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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: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:08:21 -0800

NAME: Mustafar Benbrahim Guei
PHONE: 09-27-83-590-2015

Dear, sir/madam

My name is Mustafar Benbrahim Guei the Son of late General
Robert Guei,
the Ex-Military Head of State of Ivory Coast, who was
murdered along with
the Interior Minister on the 19th of September 2002 (You
can visit for complete
report on this
I contacted you because of my need to deal with persons
whom my family and
I have had no previous personal relationships. Since the
murder of my father,
I have been subjected to all sorts of harassment and
intimidation with lots
of negative reports emanating from the Government and the
press about my
family. The present Government has also ensured that our
bank accounts are
Frozen and all assets seized. It is in view of this that I
seek your co-operation
and assistance in the transfer of the sum of Two Hundred and seventy Million United States Dollars($270,000,000.00) being the very last of my
family fund
in my possession and control, after the murder of my father
the Federal
Government seized all our properties and our accounts both
local and international
was frozen.
My only hope now is this cash that my father carefully
packaged and deposited
as artefacts with a Security/Finance Company in the South
Africa with an
anonymous name. The said sum can easily be with drawn or
paid to a recommended
beneficiary who has the deposit certificate.Now based on
the problem my
family is having presently, I will want to use your details
to reproduce
a new certificate of deposit so that you will be
able to claim this fund from the security company, My aim
of doing this
is to make sure that my family name dose not associate with
the fund in
the security company, As we do not wish to give room for
any suspicion.

To show my preparedness and appreciation to carry-out this
business With
you, 25% of the total sum will be your share and 20%
commission of the proceeds
realized from the investment of this fund will also be
yours, also 5% is
to be set aside for any eventual cost that might arise as
the transaction
proceeds. I need your full support and co-operation for the
success of this
transaction. I plead with you to treat this issue
confidential and urgent
because it Is delicate and it demands a great degree of
secrecy. I am presently
in South Africa seeking Asylum. My email address
If you are interested to assist

I sincerely will appreciate your response. I wait to hear
from you.

Mr.Mustafar Benbrahim Guei



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