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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:

From: Ben Umar <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:56:59 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY!!!

Dear Friend,

Is my pleasure for writing you this letter, hope you are fine? I want to use
this opportunity to introduce myself well to you, I am Ben umar, The son of
a late Chief Agyman Umar of D R CONGO, I came to know you in the course of
my search for a reliable and God fearing partner and I decide to contact you
because I believe you are a reputable person and I felt you can help us over
this confidential matter.I count on your integrity and honesty to be able to
handle this business. I have a truck box that contain $15.5million U.S
DOLLARS which is already in USA.

The consignment is right now in America, my Late father business partner
Mr.Richard Mcwilliams, who was suppose to receive this consignment was
asking for 50% which I and my mother did not agree on for any reason,that is
why we have to stop the delivery to him immediately.We are ready to give you
20% from the total money because that was the initial agreement we had with
my late father partner, Mr.Richard Mcwilliams before he later change his
mind because of his greed which is the reason why we had to stop the
delivery to him.

The director of the shipping company just inform us yesterday that if we can
not provide a new business partner within this period of time, that the
consignment we be return back to GHANA, so we need you to stand as my family
trustee to receive the consignment in the state. If you are willing to help
us receive this consignment, all you just have to do is to contact the
shipping company here in Ghana so that they can give you instruction to
their agent holding the consignment in America.

If not for God they would have return the consignment back to Africa but God
has been helping us. Please reply my mail so that I can give you the contact
of the shipping company to discuss with them on the release of this
consignment to you and all you just have to do for us is to receive this
consignment. And that reminds me the shipping company does not know the
content of the box, because it was deposited as a family treasure.

Ben umar For the family.
Please do get back to me with my personal email,

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