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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: "MARIAM ABACHA" <mariamabachaha@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 18:06:21 +0000
Subject: WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU

FROM HAJIA MARYAM ABACHA
FORMER FIRST LADY,

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
2/8 GIDADO ROAD KANO NIGERIA,
WEST AFRICA.


Hello Dear,

I am Hajia Mariam Abacha, widow of the Late Gen. Sani Abacha former Nigerian
Military Head of tate who died on june 8 1998 as a result of cardiac
arrest.I got your contact from a personal directory i found in our study
room,after the death of my husband.

I therefore decided to contact you in confidence so that I can be able to
move out the sum of Forty Eight million,US dollars ( $48,000,000.00) which
was carefully sealed in a big trunk box for security reasons.

I personally therefore appeal to you for your urgent assistance to move this
money into your country, through diplomatic means,where I believe it will be
safe since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction of movement
imposed on me and members of my family by the Nigerian government.

If you know my husband Gen abacha when he was alive,you will discover that
we worth over one billion dollars ,but the government of the day has made us
to start asking people to come to our aid pending when we will have our
freedom or the termination of this government.

However, arrangement has been put in place to move this money out of then
country were it is presently now to abroad through a diplomatic security
company to any country as soon as you indicate your interest.I also want you
to be assured that all necessary arrangement for a
hitch-free of this transaction has been concluded.

Conclusively, I have decided to offer you 20% of the total sum 5% will be
for whatever expenses that will be incurred, while 75% is to be used in
buying shares in companies in your country subsequent to our free movement
by the Nigerian government.

Please reply urgently and treat with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Thanks for your understanding in this regard, as i look forward to your kind
response.

Best regards,

HAJIA Mariam.ABacha


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