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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: "Adamu sule" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 20:23:19 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY

Mr. Mohammed Abacha.


I am Mohammed Abacha, the eldest son of the late president of Nigeria, General
Sani Abacha. I was falsely accused of murder and as such was imprisoned,
but thanks to Allah, I have been released for my innocence.Well dear friend
I need your assistance in transferring some of my money into your account,
because the government is making plans to seize them, as they did to my
fathers own. Please view this site and read it's content carefully,

the amount is $29million in a Security Abroad. All that is needed is forme
to instruct the company to transfer the funds to your account, I will remunerate
you with 20% of the total funds transferred to your vital bank account as
compensation for your assistance, Five percent (5%) would be set aside to
take care of all expenses we may incur during the transaction. To indicate
your interest, contact me urgently and confidentially for more information
and the roles you will play in this business. All the legal information

this Money will be sent to you as soon as we agree together. I have been
confined only to Kano and all my calls are monitored, So I will get you
the needed information. If this proposal satisfies you, please contact me
immediately with your full names, telephone and fax numbers to enable me

contact you. And give to you every detail of this transaction from beginning
to the end on behalf of the family. Alternatively you can contact me on

email address
Thanks for your cooperation.
Best Regard.
Mohammed Abacha.

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