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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. Abimbola Stockbrokers" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 22:00:53 +0000
Subject: Hello

Dear Sir

My Name is Mr Abimbola Davies.I am a stockbroker with the
Nigeria Stock Exchange which handles all stock and
dividend trades in Nigeria with reputable
Organisations and individuals.

I am forwarding this proposal to you to seek your
consent for huge investment opportunities with some of
my clients, interested in investing in your country
through property and business acquisition in your

Presently i am handling stocks and dividends worth
more than $45 million United states Dollars for my
various clients.

Because of recent developments in Nigeria and the
devaluation of the Naira, most of my clients have
therefore asked me to find reasonable and trustworthy
individuals or organisations overseas, that will
assist them in the purchase of properties and
investment in any viable business venture in your

As agreed with my clients and for trust and
transparency,you or your organisation will be given
upfront payment of at least 30%.I believe that this
will go a long way in assuring you of our
commitment,towards the actualisation of this

I would want you to reply me as soon as possible ,
because most of my clients are eager to start of with
the various projects as soon as possible.
Please on a final note i want you to know that i have
in the year 2003 july Partnered with a certain
investment company by name Bulleris Investment company
in Spain to purchase houses.And they made away with 3
of my clients upfront payments to a tune of $6
million, 450 thousand USD.I am still trying to recover
it for them without success.

I sincerely hope you will be honest and transparent in
our dealings as partners as we both stand to gain a
lot as your assistance progresses.

I am hoping to hear from you as soon as possible to
shed more light on the procedures.You can forward your
telephone numbers and fax numbers to me so i can be in
contact with you.

Best regards
Mr Abimbola Davies

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