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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Nasim Ahmed" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 07:46:28 +0000
Subject: Just Read!!!

Dear Friend,

  Top of the day to you.

I am sorry for this unusual approach but I have acquired your email
address from the Grand Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Member Directory as
 a matter of urgency that needs your sincere attention.

I am Nasim Ahmed,Executive Director UBS,London.I seek your assistance
to accommodate funds for Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the embattled Governor
of Bayelsa State,Nigeria who have been impeached

  He was arrested in London on September 15, 2005 for alleged money
laundering and  was charged to the tune of 1.8 million pounds,which has led to his
impeachment and arrest in Nigeria.

chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha,formerly own the sum of $10,761,000.56
with my Bank which he instructed me at about July,2005 to transfer to a bank in
Spain.Due to his present situation he ask me to help him look for someone who is
reliable so that his funds in spain and Scotland in which his children are the
beneficiaries should transfer into the person's account.In which he is ready to give
out 20% of the total funds as long as the funds are save for his children

  As a matter of fact,i strongly beleive as a honest and trustworthy person
you could be of assistance in the transfer of the funds into your
account.Hence,I am requesting this favour from you.I want you to go through the
following stories

As they might be of  more information to you why we needed your

Please,i want you to keep this transaction  confidential.

Thanks for your Anticipated Cooperation

Nasim Ahmed
Managing Director/CEO
UBS Investment Bank,
Warburg AG,
1 Curzon Street,
London, W1J5HB

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