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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: "fpdnnpc1" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 14:24:00 +0000
Subject: Viable Prospect.....

Dear Friend,

Through some discreet inquiries from our chambers of Commerce, you and your
organization were revealed as being quite astute in private entrepreneur. On
this premise, we have no doubt in your ability to handle a financial
business of considerable amount, which will form the bedrock of an extensive
business partnership in due course. In unfolding this proposal,I want to
count on your status, as a respected executive of your company or dignified
citizen of your country to believe that
you will handle it with all sincerity and accord it absolute confidentiality
that it deserves.

In the world over, bigger firms who bid for various contracts especially in
third world countries like ours can sub-contract some of them to other firms
for execution.That is your firm or you as a person
will be regarded as one of those that executed one of such projects and
therefore entitle to receive the contract value. Be rest assured that this
transaction is risk free as there is actually no risk involved either now or
in the future for we are well connected within the Government official
circle of my country.

Given our level of commitment at the moment,we want to assure you that with
full dedication on your part, the objective of having this fund
remittedwould have been realized within a period of two weeks.It is hereby
expressly agreed in principle that at the end of the transaction, you will
entitled to Thirty Percent of the entire sum, which you are free to withdraw
as soon as you confirm that the fund has been remitted into your account,
then Sixty Percent for me and my fellow Government officials while Ten
Percent has been set aside for any expenses incurred by both parties during
the successfull completion of this transaction.

I am awaiting your response most urgently to enable me know the next move to
make.I will appreciate if your kind and anticipated assistance is granted
towards achieving success in this above preview transaction.


Yours sincerely

Dr.Edmund Daukoru
Special Adviser To The President On Petroleum And Energy Matters

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