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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: "Chief Dan Etete" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:32:53 +0100
Subject: Treat With Urgency

Dear sir,


It is indeed my pleasure to write you this letter, which I believe will be a surprise to you as we have never met before, and I am deeply sorry if I have in any manner disturbed your privacy. Please forgive this unusual manner of contacting you, but this particular letter is of exceptional and very private nature. There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and distrust in your heart in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that, so many individuals have taken possession of the Internet to facilitate their nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and recognition. There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty to write and reach out to you.

I am chief Dan Etete former minister of petroleum in Nigeria Under the militery regime of late General Sanni Abacha(PresidentFederal Republic of Nigeria) It happened to be that the Swiss government has refused to drop thefraud case leveled against me.A Swiss court in Geneva is already on its investigation against me.Renard Van Rugmbelse, the examining magistrate has implore Judicial Authorities in France to assist him to investigate this case.I have been accused of money laundering when I was a minister of petroleum in Nigeria and also accused of acquiring movable asset andreal estate.
The apparent fact against me according to the magistrate, state that a, Report dated 23rd July 2001 from the special investigation panel of Nigeria on corrupt practice shows that I received $100million in secret Commissions from petrol companies in my various Swiss account while I
was a minister of petroleum matters. Investigation has also shows that I have opened an
Account (number 127350) with credit Agricole indosuez in Geneva through a Company .Moncaster Associate where I received another $20million commissions from EIF petroleum Limited.
Also investigation has proved that I have reinvesting a part of the
income in my house at Neily,a castle at Bouley Morin and two pleasure
ship in France.I must say that I am so confused; I don't know what to do as of now.
Infact am under pressure now .It happened to be that the Nigerian
government is waiting anxiously for the outcome of the investigation of
the Swiss government before charges against me.Meanwhile I cannot transfer any money with my name any more and it isapparent to me that the Nigeria government will collect all my
I therefore wish to appeal to you seriously and religiously for your
urgent assistance to claim the beneficiary of 38millon us dollar I have
deposited with the security company.The funds are two trunk boxes boxes deposited in security company.I did not tell the security company that the two trunk boxes contains
money, I told them that it contains family valuables.Note that the two trunk boxes are well sealed with a code number which I shall give you and with all important information based on your good response.
As soon as you indicate your interest send your personal phone number and
particulars .Conclusively I agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum and 10% of any
incident expenses and 60% is to held on trust by you until I can decide
on a suitable business investment in your country.
Please reply urgently and treat with absolute Confidentiality and Sincerity or kindly reach me through my mobile number

May GOD Bless
Yours truly
Dan Etete
Tel;...+234 80344 86856.
NOTE: We have but little time to conclude this transaction. Meanwhile
You can confirm this story on the front page of city express news
Paper, dated
Tuesday January 6th, 2004.The Nigeria wildly read newspaper.

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