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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:

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 14:27:52 +0200

I really solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction I believe
that my decision to contact you will be given a genuine approval before
i proceed further,i would wish to use this opportunity to introduce myself
to you,I am Mr:Bashiru Salifo from togo and i am Personal assistant to the
late president of Togo Gnassingbe Eyademan before he met his untimely death
on January 5th 2005.
The new leader,President Faure Gnassingbe Eyademan His son had changed the
existing constitution after Eyadema's death, to allow him to serve out his
father's full term of office.And also ring the election to stay in power so With
this new development,he treating to retrieve all the money and Accesses of
everyone who work with his late father,Hence I contacted you to assist in
repatriating these fund valued at US$13.4 million left behind by my client before
it gets confiscated or declared unclaimed by the Finance Firm where this huge
amount was deposited.
The said Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin as

his attorney and Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over
two years , I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased
deposited sum in the finance company since you have the same last names with him
so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.Therefore, on receipt of
your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio andmodalities for the
transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you
up for the claim.All I need from you is your honest cooperation to enable us actualize
this transaction through.I guarantee that this attract no risk at all for it will be executed
under legitimate arrangementthat will protect you from any breach of the law.Upon your
acceptance to this proposal,I suggest that you reply through this Private email address: Please, you have to be an honest and trust worthy person as
more business opportunities will be given to you in the course of this transaction.for the
confidentiality of this transaction.I expect your urgent response indicating your willingness
in this great business transaction to our mutual trust.Your telephone and fax numbers will
be needed for our easy communications.On indicating your full interest,i will send to you all
the revevant document relating to the deposit.
Best Regards
Mr.Bashiru Salifo

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