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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: "Chukwubiko Anthony" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 07:11:09 +0000
Subject: Information


I have a premonition that you could be trusted to assist me in
effecting a fund transfer into your nominated account. As such I
strongly believe it that
you will not sit on our fund when it finally gets into your nominated

You see, we are top officials of the Federal Government Contract
Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our
country with funds which are presently trapped in Nigeria in order to
commence this business we solicit your assistance to enable us
transfer into your account the said trapped funds.

The source of this fund is as follows:- During the last! regime here,
some Government officials set up companies and awarde d themselves
contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries.
The present Government set up a Contract Review Panel and we have
identified a lot of inflated Contract Funds which are presently
floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria ready for Payment.
However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of
the Panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names. I have therefore,

been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues of the Panel to
for an Oversea partner into whose account we would transfer the sum
of US$20,500,000.00 (Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand UnitedStates

Dollars) only.

Hence we are writing you this letter, we have agreed to share the
money thus:
1) 30% for the account owner (you)
2) 65% for the Officials (us)
3) 5% will be for settling of taxation and all local and foreign
expenses. It is from the 70% that we wish to commence the said
We would want you to furnish us with your full particulars such as your

Name, Telephone Numbers, Fax Numbers,Please

Best regards,
Mr Adede Anthony
Telephone 234-80-258-62-911

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