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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: ali gwazo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:54:10 +0000
Subject: From: Ali and Anita Gwazo Hassan.

From: Ali and Anita Gwazo Hassan.Asylum Camp Abidjan Cote D´ Ivoire. Telephone +225 07-13-77-53.Abidjan Cote d'IvoireWest Africa Assalamualaikum,Dear ,
In brief introduction, I am Ali Gwazo Hassan and my younger sister Anita Gwazo Hassan we are the children of late Dr. Abraham Gwazo Hassan, the former Minister of Finance in the Republic of Guinea Bissau. After going through your profile when we was searching for a reliable and trustworthy person who can assist us to claim the sum of 28.7 Million US Dollars deposited in a security company in Dubai United Arab Emirate , we became interested in disclosing every thing about ourselves to you, we are interested in a long term business relationship with you.
In the year 2001 during our father's tenure in office, he diverted some fund meant for estate complex Development Project (700Housing Umt).

The project awarded to read US$64.7Million dollars, on execution of the contract it reads US$36.0 Million dollars while 28.7 Million dollars was diverted by our late father after the completion. All the depository documents are with us. This event dated 25th November 2003, during political crisis in my country Guinea Bissau. My father later died in the heat of the crisis in the year 2004.
The fund being deposited in the Security Company in Dubai United Arab Emirate due to security reason. We source to contact you to assist us in claim the above fund into your account as the beneficiary in your country for onward investment in your country.In release of the boxes the security company requires the following from you: (1) your full address, your private telephone and fax numbers for easy communications. After the conclusion of this transaction we will offer you 15% of the total sum for your assistance while 5% will be set aside for any expenses made .we establish trust and confidence between ourselves to you, note that the key word to this transaction is 100% risk free your urgent response will be highly appreciated please.As soon as you reply the deposit documents will be sent you for your confirmation and the contact of the security company in Dubai United Arab Emirate will be sent to you immediately.Please feel free to contact us as soon as possible, by email above is (ok) ( on phone +22507-13-77-53 so that we can discuss modalities concerning the transaction please note that Security Company did not know the content of the boxes.Hoping to hear from you with anticipation.Best regards and Allah bless you.Ali and Anita Hassan.
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