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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: Centalbankof Nigeria <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:19:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: You can call my telephone number +233246892564


Permit me to introduce myself to you as Mr. PUL HARRY,a Ghanaian born in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana in Sept,1954.I am the Manager of Gateway Security & Finance Company.However I believe that you will be capable and trustworthy to handle this transaction after getting your contact information.Also I hope we can assist each other as we progress in this transaction. I am writing to you in regards of trunk box deposited in our company by Mr. Jeffrey Ripley,an American citizen; He was a well known successful businessman dealing on alluvial gold dust and bars;a philanthropist who was very influential during his life-time.The company recently confirmed that Mr.Jeffrey died last year of a heart condition.Since then, the company has tried all they could to locate any of his relatives but to no avail.My main motive of writing you is to solicit your acceptance to stand as a relative of the deceased Mr.Jeffrey Ripley so that the funds can be released to you
as his next of kin after i must have impute your name in our record showing your relationship with the depositor.It might interest you to know that we are talking about US$ 90,000,000.00 {ninety million united states dollars respectively } and if you accept to work with me in actualizing this transaction,the sharing ratio should be 50%-50%.I have discussed with a lawyer and all the vital documents that will give this transaction the needed legitimacy will be obtained from the High Court here.NOTE:There are practically no risks involved in this transaction as i will be able to direct you at every given time on what to do and how.If you accept to go along with me,I will furnish you with the information with which to get in contact with the company requesting for the release of the funds to you after I must have in-put your info into our data as the next of kin to Mr.Jeffrey Ripley. This is a secure arrangement and with my position here,everything will
just work out perfectly..If you accept this offer,I will appreciate your timely response as soon as you receive this mail.Kindly contact on this email [] ,I assure you we can achieve it successfully if you can follow my instruction and direction. In your reply, please send the following information as underlined below:

1. Your full names:................
2. Your phone number............
3. Your nationality..................
4. Your Age/Sex....................
5. Your occupation................
6, Correct Contact Address
You can call my telephone number +233246892564

With Regards,

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