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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: alima mustapha <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 01:55:56 -0700 (PDT)

From: Mrs Alima. B. Mustapha and Son Abiodu,


Dear Sir,

Compliments of the day. I know my message is like a surprise to you. I write you in due respect. I am Mrs Alima.B.Mustapha , the wife of Mr Ahmed.Y.Mustapha of Great Memory. He was one of the top government officials in the government of Zimbabwe, but he was killed prior to the political problems in my country. We were forced to leave the country for the fear of our lives. But before his death, he deposited the sum of $11.5MILLION USD, with a private security company here in Thailand. To be honest with you, this is the only legacy left for me and my son Mr Abiodu.T. Mustapha behind for us by my late husband, in which I have some documents regarding this money.

We have the intention, to invest this money on properties in your country for future up keep of me and my son. For your assistance, I will appreciate if all correspondence via this mail address until we finally move the funds out of Thailand. We are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum and 5% extra for any further expenses incurred during this transaction.

We await your urgent response,

Sincerely yours,

Alima B. Mustapha and Son Abiodu,

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