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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: "Mohammed Sanni Abacha" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 15:18:31 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,

Firstly, I will crave your indulgence trust and confidentiality before I
introduce myself to you. My name is Alhaji Mohammed Abacha the eldest son of
late nGeneral Sanni Abacha.Who died unexpectedly during his government.
Before my father died he was deposited huge amount of
dollar ( TWENTY FIVE MILLIONS DOLLARS) under security vault in European
country, this funds was kept for family Investment without knowing that he
will die unexpectedly.

Since the death of my father, I was arrested and kept in prison For no
reason and all my family account home and abroad was Seized by the
government of Nigeria.

However, I was just release by the government after Court judgment with
condition that I should not travel out of my state in Kano. With this
situation my mother now decide that we should solicit for assistance from a
Foreigner who will be of assistance to the Abacha family in other for him to
claim this funds in Europe as a beneficiary.

My family have agreed to compensate any partner/associate who be of help to
the family the 25% of the total sum 5% for any expense incure before the
smooth conclusion of the project the remaining70% is for my family which
will intend to invest in buying shares also land and

We assured you 100% risk free on this transaction and I want you to treat
this transaction very confidential till we conclude this project. If you
willing to assist us on this transaction get back to
me very fast so that I will instruct my lawyer to get you every documents

I await your soonest response.

Alhaji Mohammed Sanni Abacha.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished. Please try send your phone number to make
communication easier.

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