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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: "Ifeanyi Alamu" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:59:29 +0000
Subject: Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

I got your contact in my search for an honest, Godly and trustworthy foreign
partner to assist me transact a rather very lucrative but confidential
business. Let me also introduce myself, I am {{MR IFY ALAMU} Special
Assistance on security matters to the former President of Liberia Mr.
Charles Taylor, who was forced into exile to Nigeria on 11 August 2003
after he handed over power to Vice President Mr. Moses Blah. We are
presently in exile right now Following the International Criminal Court
demanding him for war crimes, I wish to solicit your assistance to handle
this urgent and confidential business which involves US$
(Twenty-five million dollars)cash deposited in a security company.The
deposition of this fund was made with a very strong written agreement and
Signatory under a security code with my name as the beneficiary, and was
registered as containing photographic materials The money was for the
purchase of ammunition for the war with the rebels .The first and second
phase of the money has been utilized with the arrival of the last
consignment of ammunition which was seized by Nigerian Troops on peace
mission in Liberia. Since I have every relevant document to this deposit,
being the one that signed the deposit papers.

Our asylum in Nigeria is being debated because of the International Criminal
Court pronouncement. The Nigerian Bar Assocation (NBA) informed Nigeria
President Gen. Olusegun Obasunjo that the International Criminal Court
recently issued warrant of arrest against President Charles Taylor for war
Crime and Genocide. I intend to invest this fund in your country, due to the
stability of your economy.I have resolved to give you 15% of the
total sum for your assistance in getting this fund moved to your country for

However, this can be negotiable. Our movement is currently restricted within
a state in Nigeria. I cannot claim the fund by myself due to the fact that
the financial regulations do not permit me as an asylum seeker to own such
fund. I do not want to do anything that will jeopardize this, as it remains
my only hope. however, if you are ready to work with me i will give you more
details on the way forward send me your .
Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication as await your urgent reply
strictly through via

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your absolute trust and confidentiality is highly solicited


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