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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: "Usman Amani" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 02:27:44 +0100

Dear Sir,
Good day,i wished to contact you as a reliable
friend concerning my life,first of all may i use this
opportunity to identify my self to you,i am USMAN Amani,
the son of late Dr Julius Amani,from Nkono District
North of Sierra leone.

MY late father DR JULIUS AMANI before his death he
hold a very sensitive position in PRESIDENT TEJAN
KABBAHS government in SIERRA LEONE,My father has a
bullet shot by the rebels west side boys on his way
to LUISA a border town between sierra leone and
liberia,He was later conveyed to abidjan LA-
COTEDIOVRE for a medical treatmet wherein he later
died, in the hospital bed my father reveal and
confide in me about one metallic box ( consignment)deposit
that he made with a security company in accra ghana
containing ($21,000,000.00) TWENTY ONE MILLION

Nobody in the security company knows the real
content of the metall box becuase my father wisely declared
them as art work and family tresures from the
national museum of monumet.

since the death of my father the rebel has held us
hostage untill the recent intervention of the UNITED
a peace agrrement with the rebels that led to our
release , All the refuggee move to the GHANA
concentrated refuggee camp.

I am presently in the refuggee camp now seeking for
your help and assistance for you to come to my aid I
proprosed that you stand as my proxy person that is
late fathers foriegn partner,so as to get the metall
box out of the security company, transfer it into
your oversea account.

This transaction is now only known by you,myself and
my old sick mother whom is now in with me in the
camp, Pls, i need your secrecy and confidentiality to
this fund.

I will be handing over to you the certificate of deposit
which the finance house gave to my late
father,these fund was deposited with a secrect code not
bearing any name or any person that means it will be
more easy for you to retrive the fund and I withhold
interest the secrect code and the certificates of
deposit will be given to you upon your arrival and
held a meeting with me and my mother we can now
go and retrive the consignment for investment in your
country or any country of your choice.


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