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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "barr yusufubanwa1" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:52:30 +0000

My name is Barrister  Yusuf Ubanwa (SAN), I am a Private Attorney and I have a client who is interested in investing some good money in your country. My client is a very important and prominent person who has mandated me to contact you for a very important business transaction.
My client is by name Mrs. Maryam Abacha and she is the wife of a Late Military Head of States in my country. Her husband Late General Sanni Abacha made a lot of money through oil proceeds during his tenure in office. infact, it was discovered after his death that he was worth well over $100,000,000.00 Million United States Dollars and some of this money was retrieved after he died while some was recovered from officials that served under him during his reign as President of Nigeria. The truth of this case is that my client despite the problem she is going through now, she still has a lot of money in her possession, which she intends to invest outside our country.
What my client needs from you now is a reliable account where she can transfer some of the money but mind you, all the money in her possession cannot leave at once because she needs to build confidence and trust in someone who would not expose her plan to remit and possibly invest in your country. So She has agreed that I should make arrangement for the transfer of $25.5 Million United States Dollars and you are free to negotiate your mode of compensation even as she intends to invest the money in your country.
All I required from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction goes through, you shall reply me immediately to enable us proceed.
On your reply send to me the following,
1.your full name and Address
2.Your bank information where this Fund can be transferred into.
3.Your picture or international passport for us Documentation,and for us to know the acture person we are dealing with.
4.Your direct telephone number for easy communication.
Please, do not hesitate to indicate your view of this request by contacting me immediately you receive this mail, so that the necessary arrangements can be made for the transfering of the fund to leave immediately. Due to the present situation of my client, I would be happy if this request can be kept a secret. I would also like to note that there is no risk involved. you can contact me on My privet Email is, I await your immediate response.
Best regards,
Barr.Yusuf Ubanwa (SAN).

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