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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: "balogun" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 18:12:06 +0000

Dear Sir,
l am a financial consultant based in Accra-Ghana.l am obliged to see your contact from leads and deals research which l am comnfortable with them.l have a client (widow) she has $11.5million USD with a private equity Investment Trust Company for safe keeping only.
She wishes to invest in a stable economy like yours hence l decided to contact you for this project.
Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms and estate development.My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company,if your country's by laws allows foreign investment.
l will detail you more the moment l have your concept.
Wale John Balogun,
pls reply me on this email


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