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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: "Dr Ahmed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:24:28 -0800
Subject: Re 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 10.5Million usd 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 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 check point 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 and you can also
call and make sure that you must reply me on the email bellow and my
Direct telephone number you can call me for more directives
Dr Ahmed Bello

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