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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: "United Nation International Monetary Funds." <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 03:36:37 -0500 (CDT)

Dr.Khalil Bala,
UK Diplomatic Personnel.
United Nation International Monetary Funds.
United Kingdom London.
Diplomatic roaming number(+44 702 4060 812)


I am UK Diplomat Dr.Khalil Bala, working with the United Nations
International Monetary Funds Agency United Kingdom, I am contacting you
here at the London Heathrow International Airport, This is in respect of
(2) two consignment boxes worth $25,000,000.00 Million USD. I have being
assigned by the West Africa Ghana Presidency to make this delivery to
you. The British Government released these boxes for delivery to their
respective beneficiaries, upon investigations conducted, Your Name was
found Tagged to this (2) two boxes as the Beneficiary/Receiver it is in
this regard that i was appointed to make delivery of your boxes after
they where released for delivery. I am contacting you now because you
have to pick me up, at your airport to your destination to complete my
delivery to you, all clearance documentation which was used to clear the
boxes presently at London Heathrow international airport i have with me
to complete this delivery.

I will need your information to confirm with the information i have on
file of these boxes after which i will book flight to meet with you in
your closest airport of your destination, below are the information
requested off you.

1. Full Name:
2. Destination House Address:
3. Closest Airport to your destination:
4. Copy of your Drivers /passport for your identification:
5. Your direct Mobile Phone Number:

I have attached to this mail, a copy of my diplomatic passport for your
identification. I await your immediate response within 24 hours.Do email
my office immediately @

Dr.Khalil Bala.
UK Diplomat
Diplomatic roaming number(+44 702 4060 812)

Urgent Get Back To Us Within 24 Hours

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