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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: "Prof: Musa Khalifa" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 10:54:07 +0400
Subject: Nice to meet you

Prof: Musa Khalifa
Winco Glass Company plc.
83, Des Voeux Road,
Central HK,
Lome Togo.


Let me start by introducing myself. I am Prof: Musa Khalifa director of
accounting of Winco Glass Company Plc. I have an obscured business
suggestion for you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our intending
shareholder Gen. Hemood A. Hemood who was with the Iraqi forces and also an
investor made a deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty Four
million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only with our company
account as a proposed shareholder. Upon maturity several notices was
sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003. Again after the war
another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later
find out that the General along with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a bomb
blast that hit their home. After further investigation it was also
discovered that Gen. Hemood A. Hemood did not declare any next of kin in his
official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he
also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one xcept me
knew of his deposit in our company bank account. So,Twenty Four million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in our company
bank and no one will know of it. What bothers me most is that according to the
laws of our company at the expiration of 3 years and 6 months the funds will
be noticed and revert to the ownership of the Lome Togo Government if
nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you
is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to
Gen.Hemood A.Hemood so that you will be able to receive his funds.


I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we
shall come out successful. I have an attorney that will prepare the necessary
document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Hemood A.
Hemood, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me
with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job.
After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also fill in for
claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of
probate in your favour for the move of the funds to an account that
will be provided by you.There is no risk involved at all in this matter, as we
are going adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the
necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in
all matters concerning this issue. Should you be interested please send me
your full names, private phone/fax and current residential address and
finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Prof: Musa Khalifa

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