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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: "=?gb2312?B?RFJBR09OVFJBTlM=?=" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 1:03:45 +0800
Subject: =?gb2312?B?RGVhciBGcmllbmQs?=

Dear Friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Germany. Presently i'm in Gernamy for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
I have deposited the sum of $1,250.000,one million two hundred and fifty thousand united states dollars with GLOBAL SECURITY AND TRUST COMPANY London on your behalf for your compensation.
So feel free and contact Global Security and Trust company now with this email addresses now,, for immediate release of your fund.
Meanwhile,i deposited this fund in a trunk box with the Global Security as a pornographic film,and the box has a secret code to open it which no one knows about for security reason,here is the secret code of the box,GS777993885ATC.

Now contact my secretary, her name is Mrs Margerate Ayii through her e-mail, ,she will send you the airway bill for the consignment before you can contact the Security company,because without the airway bill the security company cannot release your consignment to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time.
In the moment, Iâm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to send you the AIRWAY BILL, so feel free to get in touch with Mrs Margerate Ayii, she will send the AIRWAY BILL to you without any delay.
Dr Usman


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