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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:

Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 10:34:03 -0800
Subject: RE

FROM: Senator Bala Adamu
Please Reply

My name is Bala Adamu , the chairman of the Senate
committee on Pension,insurance and manpower development in
the National Assembly of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
I am writing you to earnestly Solicit for your assistance
in helping to receive some sum of money into your account
for safe keeping.
I got your e-mail address through an internet marketing
firm while searching for a reliable and reputable person to
handle this transaction.


We have the sum of Twenty-Nine Million Dollars that we
intend to transfer overseas through the assistance of a
foreign partner.This money came as a result of Over
provision in the budget for unclaimed pension and accident
insurance. This overprovision was done by my committee, but
all payments have been made to beneficiaries leaving behind
the over budgeted amount as stated above which is deposited
in the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Bank .

I have agreed to transfer the funds overseas for my
campaign funding, private use and for investment purposes
with your help.

I am contacting you therefore, to stand in as the
beneficiary to process this fund into your custody. As soon
as you consent to this I will immediately send you titled
documents to the fund in your name so you can make claim
for it.

I will provide you with 30% for assisting us and 5% to be
set aside for reimbursement,for expenses that may arise
during the process of concluding the transaction. The fund
shall be transferred to you legally in accordance to all
laid down procedures governing transfer of funds to foriegn

I have perfected all modalities for the successful transfer
of this money to you as the beneficiary all you need to do
is to make claims to it.

Finally, I have to reassure you that this transaction is
100% risk free and should be kept absolutely confidential
because of my present position in the government.

Presently, you can reach me by return mail, you should also
include your telephone numbers if any, for secured
communication between us.
Please send an email to me to indicate your interest to
enable us proceed.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.I await your
response. Also Note that we need to conclude this transaction before
the end of next month as the government are currently
paying foriegn contractors on last years budget.

Best Regards

Sen.Bala Adamu

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