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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: Dr Ahmed Bello <>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:47:38 +0000
Subject: Good Day.

Good Day.

I am delighted to inform you that the Guarantee Trust Bank Plc (GTB)
Management through the office of Mr. President have decided to call back
all approved fund payment through offshore payment center following
directives from UNITED NATIONS & WORLD BANK and have concluded
arrangements to pay your beneficiary/contractual fund by cash through
Diplomatic Agent.The Agent will be delivering the cash in a Machine sealed
consignment to your door step as my bank have temporarily stopped further
payment via wire transfer this quarter.

Diplomatic. In this regard, we are going to send your
inheritance/contractual part-payment of USD10.5Million only to you via our
accredited Diplomatic Agent shipping company and we have secured every
needed document to cover the delivery of the money.Note:The money is
coming to you on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with
synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. The boxes are coming with a
Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address. All
you need to do is to send to me the below information's.

1) Full Name
2) Full house address
3) Your mobile phone
4) Any form of identification.The Diplomat attached will travel with it.
He will call you immediately he arrives your
country's airport.
5)Age and Occupation.

Note:The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l
declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Materials
for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please. If they call
you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.

You will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate, which will
make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch.
Confirm the receipt of this message and re-send the requirements to me
immediately you receive this message.

Please I need your urgent reply because the boxes are scheduled to live as
soon as we hear from you.

I will call you as soon as l get your contact info for further directives
Direct telephone number you can call on us for more directive
also contact me on my email (


Dr Ahmed Bello

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