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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: "Musa Nurudi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:04:59 -0700

Dear Daddy,

I pray that God will bless you and give you the heart to help me as you read this email.

Please permit me the time and chance to introduce my self to you. My name is Musa Nurudi,and i am 20years old.

I am the only Son of Late Dr Kabila Nurudi, a well know business man in Sudan before he was murdered including my mother.Before the death of my parents, my father took me to Ghana to deposit the sum of $8 million united state dollars and also Gold Dust and Bar and make me his next of Kin as if he knew he was going to die. After the death of my parents i came to Ghana with the help of my late father foreign business partner who lives in London.

I got your contact from the UNITED NATIONS FOR REFUGEE that you are a trust worthy person during my search for a reliable and competent foreigner to help me stand as my new foreigner beneficiary, to help me receive my boxes from a delivery man in London that worth $8 million dollars and also Gold Dust and Bar belonging to my late father which deposited in a Security and Finance Company here in Ghana and made me his next of kin.

The reason i came to Ghana was to get the boxes of the money and Gold which my late father deposited in a security and finance company here in Ghana. With the help of my late father foreign business partner, i was able to get the boxes out of the security and finance company because my late father foreign business partner help me to pay for the dumurage of the time that the boxes have spent in the security and finance company

The boxes left Ghana last 3 weeks to be delivered to my late fathers friend by a courier service.

When the delivery man arrived London, he called my late fathers foreign business partners house so that my late fathers business partner will give him the correct description to his house but to the delivery man greatest surprise my late fathers friend wife, pick the phone and told the delivery man that my late fathers friend died in a ghastly car accident. The delivery man has no options than to call me and told me what happen and that he wants to come back to Ghana with the boxes but i beg him to wait for a while that i will look for a new foreign beneficiary that will help me receive the boxes.

The delivery man can deliver to any country of my choice that i get a foreign beneficiary from and i don't want the boxes to come back to Ghana

My plans was that my late fathers foreign business partner will help me to invest the money in a good and profitable business and also help me to sell the Gold and he will also help me come to his country to continue my education. I promise to give him 30% of the total money and when he sell the gold for me i will also share the money with him.

So if you are willing to help me stand as my new foreign beneficiary to receive the boxes from the delivery man for me, i will give you the 30% from the money and when you sell the gold i will also share the money with you and you will help me come over to you and continue my education with 10% of the money and you will use the rest of the 60% to invest on a good business for me.

Please reply me if you are willing,with your full name and phone number so that i can call you to hear your voice and also show you all the documents given to me by my late father. this is my Email address

Thank you and God bless you,

Yours Faithfully

Musa Nurudi.

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