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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: "MR OMAN BIYIK" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:14:55 +0200


My name is OMAN BIYIK,a Camerounian currently living at DAFUR REGION in Sudan.I work with United Nation Emergency Aids Materials Distribution Service, African Regional Office.I got your contact from 2005 insol Directory and i decided to write you in respect of my genuine proposals.

Although this may come as a surprise to you,but it is truly a life time opportunity and requires no risk.
On course of my duty as the United Nation Aid distribution officer in Dafur-sudan,I came across a crate containing clothings and right inside the crate is a Diplomatic box containing {$9.855,000.00}Nine million eight hundred and fifty five thousand united state dollars.

I cannot beleive my eyes until i counted the bundles and confirm the sum.I locked back the box and i immediately returned it to our packing store as unused material which will be returned to its place of origin.Now , my contacting you is to know if you can receive this crate as unused materials. I will process and return the crate to your safest delivery address while you will receive them as unused emergency aid materials.

All i require is your full willingness to receive the crate and keeping them safely until my arrival to your country.On my arrival to your country,10% of the sum will be mapped out for charity while 20% will be for your honest assistance.
It seems to me that this money belongs to some top UN officials who some time uses this medium to divert money meant for capital projects.I will process this under legitimate arrangement and will make sure that it is 100% riskfree on your side.Please give me your full coperation so that we will achieve this within a short period of time.
Looking forward to hearing from you so that i will process the movement of the crate to your destination.Please reply to my e-mail




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