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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: "Mr. Basil Agazar" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 06:33:37 +0000
Subject: Very Important.

From: Mr.Basil Agazar.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Humble greetings to you. With due respect, I am Mr.Basil Agazar, An
accountant North Atlantic Securities Sarl here in Lome-Togo.And a very good
friend of our company Late Mr Levy himony,who died on the 31st of May 2000
with his family in plane crash.

Meanwhile,I secretly knew concerning his deposit fund under the care of our
company (US$10.5m(ten million five hundred thousand dollars)deposited under
our security company. My Dear,since death clear out him and his family,I
decided to seek for a very reliable trustworthy person,to stand as his
bonafide next of kin,since there is none of his relative applying for the

Please note, if such deposit happen's to stay longer it will be confiscated
by the government as unclaim deposit. Upon this discovery, I have agreed to
make business with you and release the box into your care as the heir of the
box,since no one came for it or discovered he deposited such thing with our
Firm. I have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus 40% for
you as foreign partner, 60% for me.

Happily,confirm your interest toward's my mutual request with you through my
private email address ( before I will let you know
the procedures of inheriting this box into your custody as soon as you
indicate your humble willingness.

With Regard's,

Mr.Basil Agazar.
Please reply me directly to:(


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