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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: richardsen bieden <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 15:26:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: International assistant needed

Kind Attention ,

Good day, Iam Major General Richardson Bieden the newly appointed commissioner for CEPS( custom excise and preventive services)Accra Ghana. I got your contact from one of my closets officer at the airport Authority which you should keep very secrecy for some important reason. I will like to bring to your notice from the day one I resume this office that was since the middle of last year I was able to find out from my junior staff I met that some consignment has been confiscated and bounded under custom warehouse due to improper documentations which does not pass through the proper channels.

Prior to this I have arrange with some of my junior staffs to use my veto power to transfer this three sealed boxes to your country for investment, Sir if you will be of a great assistant over this transaction, forward to me all your contact details for fast action and for your information this transaction for any reason should not take more than two working weeks from the day of start to the transfer date.

Yours Faithfully
Major General Richardson Bieden
Commissioner for (Ceps)
+233 244012396

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