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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: "Mr.Ahmed Muda"<>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 15:26:23 +0300

Dear Friend,

I must say sorry for interfering into your privacy without seeking for permission. It's because of urgency of this matter. I 'm Mr. Ahmed Muda, Director in charge of audit and account unit department, of SAUDI ASIA SECURITY FIRM here in Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia. I have decided to contact you for a mutual beneficial transaction with 100% Risk Free.

In April 2006, Mr. Lu Yunpeng, a multimillionaire and president of Henan-based Yunpeng Cultural Development Co Ltd China moved some cash from Europe to our Finance Firm. The fund arrived during the time Mr. Lu Yunpeng was been tried for murder in China . As his account officer he instructed that I should put an hold on the fund that was supposed to go to China pending on the outcome of his trial.

In May 2006, he was sentenced to death and the fund remained unclaimed till date. As his account officer, I was aware that nobody knows about this fund movement except his cousin who was also sentenced to death with him.

Please, you can view the news on this website:

I want to utilize this opportunity and make use of this fund by transferring the money to you. I want to work with you on it. The amount involved is Ten Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only. {US$10,800,000.00} .

Please reply back and lets benefit from this golden opportunity. You are my first contact. I shall wait for days and if I do not hear from you, I shall look for another person.

These are my private contacts: Tel: +60102836371

Best Regards

Mr.Ahmed Muda.


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