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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: "peace" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 06:16:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: hello

Attention Dear, I am Mrs,Peace Dibor, the personal assistance to the chairman of the contract award committee of the ministry of works and housing here in Senegal, for security reasons, I may not wish to disclose the most important thing for now until I hear from you. After due deliberation with my Boss, I decided to forward to you this business proposal, we want you to assist us cash a certified bank draft of Three million, eight hundred thousand united state bills (US$3.8M) through the contractor's paying bank into your care. This fund resulted from the contract awared and executed as commissioned paid to and my Boss in the ministry, note that the law forbids civil servants to operate or own foreign accounts, we have agreed to share the money in the following percentages: 30% for you while 50% for my Boss and 20% for me as the contact person. Upon indication of your interest to fully co-operate with me. As soon as we confirm receipt of this money in your nominated
account, my broker and I will come over to your country to arrange for our own share and possibly invest part of this money in your country. Let honesty and trust be our watchword throughout this transaction. Please furnish me with some details about yourself, your prompt reply will be highly appreciated. Reach me on the e-mail addressed as follows ( Yours truly.Mrs Peace Dibor.

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