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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.Bashir Samedi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:58:48 +0800
Subject: I expect your earliest repsonse to this message

Dear ,

I am contacting you based on the first hand in-formations I had about you through my Late boss, i decided to just seek for business assistance from you.
I am Mr. Bashir Samedi from Aden,Yemen. My Late father was an aide to Former Yemen minister of Industry&trade,due to recent crises in my country,my father and two brothers were killed last two months by Houthi rebels and our family house was looted,but the rebels were not able to loot the money and Kilos of Gold my father kept on top of house roof, my life is now in danger,I live in jungle to avoid Houthi rebels forces or Ali Abdullah Saleh forces killing me as the son of my father whom they accuse for supporting President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi i have no family again and best option for my safety is to leave my country to seek for refugee in your country, I would like to relocate my Late father business/funds to your country,and Gold export/Jewelry making business.
I am in desperate need to move out these funds and ,One hundred and ninety nine Kgs of Golds (199KGs)from my country to your possession for safekeeping and for investment in your country trade, I would like you to assist me or advice me further on which sectors i can invest over there to get good profit for i think about to extend to real estate business,jewerly manufacturing industry,agriculture,I have means to move the funds to you there via bank to bank transfer without any problem,while i soon cross the border to enter Turkey and come over.The amount intact is (USD$ Twenty Five Million United states dollar in the safe box which i buried under the ground to hide the treasure.
I am ready to offer you handsome reward of 20% of total funds and Gold volume if you can assist me to receive these funds and golds and keep it safe for me there in your country until i am able to cross over to Turkey and come over to your country,and can you also assist me to invest these funds in your country when i arrive to seek refuge in your country?.I wait for your positive response.

I wait for you respond,
Mr.Bashir Samedi .

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