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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: "Mrs Sara El Baba" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 06:11:37 +0330
Subject: CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and
Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the
current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan to boost
the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other
individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive
their Contract Sum,Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance etc.
To effect the release of your fund valued at $20million dollars you are
advised to contact the director of payment and delivery officer Pastor.Thompson Kuffur with the information below
phone number : + 234-819 041 5857
On contacting him do provide him with the
following information:
Your full Name..............
Your Address:................
Cell Phone:...................
Alternative email address.........
Marital status...........
Yours sincerely,
Mrs Sara El Baba
CC: Federal Bureau of Investigation
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol
Information contained in this email is confidential and intended for the
addresses only. Any dissemination, distribution, copying or use of this
communication without prior permission from the address is strictly
prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication,
please delete it permanently without copying,disclosing or otherwise using
its contents, and notify the sender immediately.
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