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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: "Adams Onu" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 05:26:40 -0900

Is my pleasure to write you.Because of the urgent of this transaction kindly
forgive me if l have intrude into your private business.l need your concept
to get this transaction done.

My name is ldris Azizi, I am a Principal Officer working with the Presidency
in Abuja, Nigeria. I am attached to the office of the First Lady, Office of
the Presidency, Aso Rock, Abuja, Nigeria.

I accompanied our First Lady (Late Mrs. Stella Obasanjo) to Europe on an
Official assignment.We visited several countries including
France,Netherlands and Spain on official assignment.
On arrival in Costa del Sol, Spain, our First Lady said she had an
appointment with a Clinic for a minor Surgery.We then visited Molding Clinic
around 3pm Saturday October 22,2005, where she had the surgery. At about 8pm
we got news that our First Lady was in coma therefore had to be rushed
to a hospital in Marbella. The Doctors at the clinic then called in an
ambulance that rushed her to Marbella Hospital,Malaga, Spain. At about
midnight we got information from the Doctors that she had died. Immediately
we got this information we called the Ambassador of Nigeria and informed
him. This was how the information passed on to our President.

During our visit to Europe we had flown in a metallic box which contained 10
million United States Dollars cash. We lodged this box with a Security
Company in Europe.I was the person that was liaison with the Security
Company on behalf of Mrs. Stella Obasanjo.

I refused to follow her corpse back to Abuja, Nigeria rather I diverted my
journey to secure and take control of this box and to move it out of Europe.
This is where I need your assistance.I will like you to assist me as a
partner to move this box to Iceland and invest the money quietly there
in Iceland. For your service I am prepared to share the money with you on
percentage to b agree by both party.

Please contact me as soon as you receive this email for further details.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ldris Azizi.

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