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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: "Eneto Alamieyesigha" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:29:28 +0000
Subject: very very urgent.

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter meets you well.
I have a business proposal that willl be of mutual benefit
to us.
My name is Enetombiri Alamieyesigha (miss) the first Daughter of the
embattled governor of the oil rich state of Bayelsa in Nigeria.
My father has been having some problems both home and abroad due to money
that is believed that he moved out of the country ,this made him to face a
court proceeding in London though he is on bail and has travelled back to
Nigeria .
My main aim of contacting you is that i am desperatly looking for an honest
partner that will help me transfer this money out of the United Kingdom
where it is presently as i am still here and we cannot afford to lose the
money but do not have the means to get it out from here .
The money presently is in the custody of a south African agent who was
helping him in the pruchase of an oil refinery in Ecuador and it is about
$8.6 million usd.
Please if you are interested you can get back to me and where you are not
please treat as if you were never contacted you can check the bbc news or for verification of our

Best regards,

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