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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: "Hilary Obedue" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:06:49 -0000

Hello Dear

My name is Hilary and my younger sister Betty Obedue a Sierra-Leone National,but presently

lives in Accra city of Ghana in West Africa because of the political crises, constants

killing, and the war that happened in my country by the present ruling party and the

opposition party in Sierra-Leone which lead to the killing of my parents.My Father was a

wealthy man before his death. My consignment contains $8.8 million United States Dollars and

some quantity of gold.

The consignment is presently in the United States of America . The consignments got to the

States through the help of Federal Diplomat John Mike the fact is that the Diplomat John

Mike is supposed to have delivered these consignments to a man called Mr David Nelson in

States. When the Diplomat John Mike arrived to deliver the consignments to him in the

States after clearing the consignment from the Airport, he called Mr.David Nelson to tell

him the description to his house for the delivery but his wife answered the call and told

John Mike her husband Mr. David Nelson had a critical heart disease which lead to his death.

Mr.David Nelson had already paid the demurrages from the security company, he paid for

Bullion van that took the consignment to the airport and he paid for custom check report he

also assisted us in getting the DRUG / ANTI TERRORIST CERTIFICATE, which is so expensive

that he spent 35 thousand dollars to acquire it, but unfortunately he died as a result of a

critical heart disease, that was why John Mike has to deposit the consignment with a Customs

Bonded warehouse over there in the States and called us to informed us about what is

happening for us to get another beneficiary for him to make the delivery of the


So dear, with due respect we are seeking for your assistance to received the consignments.

Please do get back to us with your direct cell number and address so that we can forward you

more details and the Diplomat number for you to call him who is presently in the States now.

Please when you call him you will tell him that you are calling in respect of Hilary and

Betty Obedue's consignment that is in the States.If John Mike asks if you have discussed

with me tell him that you have discussed with me.

I await your urgent response.

Thanks and God bless you
Hilary and Betty Obedue

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