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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: "Goodwill Thomson" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 17:11:30 +0000
Subject: Update


Compliments of the day.I do hope this letter will not come to you as a
surprise. It was borne out of my desire to share a mutual business
relationship with you.
My name is Mr. Goodwill Thomson,a Secretary,a Ghana national married
with four children. I work as an administrative Secretary to Diplomatic
Courier Securities and Finance company,in Accra-Ghana.
I decided to contact you believing that by the grace of God, you will
accept to be my patner in this business. I earn a salary of ¢1.4M -200
USD equivalent monthly. I joined the services of this company in 1991 as an
office assistant. I decided to contact you believing that by the grace of
the you will accept to be my partner in this business.

I have been working with this company for years. Within this period, I
have watched with meticulous precision how African Heads of States and
government functionaries have been using Diplomatic Courier Securities
and Finance to move huge sums of money USD, Pound sterling, French France -
to their foreign partners.
They bring in these consignments of money cash and secretly declare the
contents as jewelleries, gold,diamond, precious stones, family
treasure,documents etc. Gen. Sani Abacha of Nigeria (dead), Mobutu Sese
Seko of Zaire (dead) Foday Sankoy of Siera - Leone, Babangida of
Nigeria ,Charles Taylor of Liberia etc. All these people have hundreds
of consignments deposited with Diplomatic Courier Securities and
Finance.Their foreign partners, friends and relatives, are claiming most of
these consignments.A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for as much as 15
yrs. No body may ever come for them because in most cases, the documents of
are ever available to any body except the depositors most of them dead.
Since the inception of the 2000 millennium, Diplomatic Courier
Securities and Finance changed the procedure of claims of consignments.
As soon as you are able to produce all the secret information as contained
in the
secret file of any consignment, it will be released to you upon demand. From
our record,more than 120 consignments belonging to Gen Abacha / Mobutu Sese
has been claimed in the past six months. This is why I am soliciting for
co-operation and assistance. Gen. Abacha has 85 consignments deposited
with several names and codes. 35 have been claimed in the past six
months.I have finished every arrangement for you to come and claim
No 1201 containing USD 9M and consignment No 1200 contain USD 15M. My
duty is to supply you with all the information and documents by fax. You
will deal directly with the management.The procedure is simple:You will
apply officially to the Director of Operations of Diplomatic Courier
Securities and Finance for the release of consignment No 1200 and No 1201.
They will demand some documents and
secret codes.Call me, I will supply you with every detailed information.Fax
it to
them.As soon as they confirm it to be correct. They will invite you for the

If you do not want to come to Accra, you can arrange with them to
transfer the consignment to any where on agreement.No body will ever
know I am involved in the deal except the Lawyer who will write an agreement
us.I will suggest upon conclusion we share 50 - 50.At the succesful
conclusion of
the deal,I will arrange for me and my family to come over to your country.
I assure you that the business have been hatched for 5 years now, it is very
secure and risk free.
You can get back to me on my private email
giving me your secured phone and fax numbers for further explanations
and directives on the procedure.

God Bless You.
Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Goodwill Thomson


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