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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 19:38:47 +0000

DIRECT TELEPHONE LINE: +226 76 66 59 65

I am Mr.John Owen, a financial consultant based in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso.
I have a client (widow) she has Twenty Million United States Dollar
(US$ Global Finance Company based in London, UK for
safekeeping.The security company has branches all over the world.

My client informed me that, her late husband was a top Government official
in Liberia and also the owner of Mille Gold and Diamond Mining Company in
Liberia. Unfortunately,he was killed by some rebels during the war early

I will like you to visit the website bellow for more information about the
Death of her husband;

My client is willing to offer you 20% of the total fund if you can assist
her transfer this fund to your country or any bank of your wish as she needs
an assistance of a trustworthy person who will be willing to offer
financial/moral assistance for her proposed profit oriented transaction in
order for her to invest in a stable economy.You are to go to the security
company and sign off the consignment on behalf of my client.

Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms.
My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company. You can
contact me for more details through my private e-mail address:

Yours Sincerely,
Mr.John Owen,
Managing Director.

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