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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: Geoffrey Braimoh <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:28:33 +0200
Subject: Dearest One

My name is Geoffrey Braimoh am 17years old ,i am only surviving child of my Late daddy Dr Ahmed N'Dri Braimoh A citizen of Misurrata Libya. my daddy was killed by the rebel forces loyal to president Gaddaffi during the peak of the beginning of the civil war in our country Libya. i am presently writing you from Republic of Ghana where I am under Assylum. I am quite certain that you are older than me but that is outside why the reason why i contacted you. I came to you because of your experience in financial claims and transfer- I have an inheritance which i found out after going through a WILL my late father kept for me and i found out that there is some amount of money that is in USA corrency which my Daddy write like this:USD6,800,000,00(six million, eight hundred thousand US Dollars only) which in his will he said he deposited it with a security company bank in Accra Ghana. I need your kind assistance so that i can claim that my Daddy fund money and get it transferred into your account for investment project which you shall oversee and look after for me. You will have 15% of the total money. You will stand as my guardian and the beneficiary of the money fund in line with what my late Father told the bank at the time of deposit. Your Faithfully Geoffrey

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