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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: "From:Mrs.Amina.A Bello." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 20:02:01 +0700

From:Mrs.Amina.A Bello.
Attn:The Managing Director

Before I proceed, may I humbly introduce myself to
your goodself, My Name is Mrs. Amina.A.Bello, an Iraqi
refugee ,my husband was until recently, one of the
personal aid to the president of Iraq who was formerly
overthrown out of power by American Government .
Prior to this last serious crisis that is still
ravaging in my country,which recently led to
misfortune of our government and my late husband
position as the personal aid to the president, we were
able to come over here in Thailand ,we inherited the
sum of US11 million.The funds were originally gotten
from my late husband proceeds. My late husband was
able to safe guard the fund with a very good
diplomatic contact from my Country.
I have decided to contact you because I am interested
in investing in your country which is investment
friendly. Please kindly guide and assist me in making
the right investment since I am also interested in
buying a residential property as I will be moving my
family over there as soon as every thing regarding
technical and logictics details is worked out and
ascertained to our respective satisfaction. In view of
your participation,I am ready to give you a good
negotiable percentage for your assistance,or better
still commit it into viable Joint venture projects,be
assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the
funds belong to me and my only survived son. As soon
as I get your consent, we will quickly move this fund
to your country for investment .
However, upon your acceptance to work as my partner,
you can contact me with my private telephone number or
e-mail for more details.
I am here with my only surviving son Rashid Musa, I
strongly believe that associating with you to embark
on this and other business ventures will derive a huge
success here after, please include you private contact
telephone number and private e-mail when replying.

Yours Sincerely.

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