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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: "Gen. Nana Bado" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:28:19 -0000
Subject: Hi


This proposal is addressed to you for your consideration and should not regard this Letter as a Spam Mail that was sent to you by unknown person.

The Sum of US$32.5m was sealed in two Trunk Boxes and tagged "Family Valuables and Treasures" and was deposited with an Independent Security Company here in Accra, Republic of Ghana since 1999.This Funds was meant for UN PEACE KEEPING MISSION in Sierra Leone but was diverted by my Colleagues for personal benefits. Unfortunately, my Colleagues lost their lives during the UN Peace Keeping Mission in Sierra Leone when the Rebels invaded their Territory (Camp) unexpectedly.

Today, I have discovered the Secret Documents that will permit me to present a reliable and reputable person that can stand as the "Beneficiary" in order to have the funds claimed from the Security Company. If you are interested, we can make a deal and have the funds shared 50:50 without legal implication attached. Please send me your direct telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in further details.

Thank you.

Sincere regards,

General Nana Bado (RTD).

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