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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: "Mohamed Abacha" <mohamed_abacha@msn.com>
Reply-To: mohammedabbachaa@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:25:36 +0000
Subject: #Pls Assist Me#

ALHAJI MOHAMMED ABACHA
2/8 GIDADO DRIVE,GRA,
KANO - NIGERIA.



PLEASE EXCUSE MY INSTRUCTION INTO YOUR PRIVATE LIFE AS I WRITE YOU
THIS LETTER IN GOOD FAITH AND TO THE GLORY OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH WHO THUS
BROUGHT ME OUT CLEAN AFTER ALL THE ALLEGATIONS LEVELED AGAINST ME AFTER THE
DEATH OF MY FATHER GENERAL SANI ABACHA (FORMER NIGERIAN MILITARY HEAD OF
STATES).MY RELEASE FROM PRISON WAS NECESSITATED BY THE EFFORTS OF THE SENATE
PRESIDENT CHIEF ANYIM PIUS ANYIM AND THE SPEAKER OF THE LOWER HOUSE ALHAJI
GHALI NA'ABBA.

SINCE MY FATHER'S DEATH AND MY DETENTION FOR CLOSE TO THREE YEARS, MY
FAMILY HAS BEEN LOOSING A LOT OF MONEY DUE TO VINDICATIVE GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS WHO ARE BENT ON DEALING WITH OUR FAMILY. AFTER MY RELEASE THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA HAS MADE ME TO SIGN SOME DOCUMENTS THAT WILL
ENABLE THEM EXTRACT THE SUM OF ONE BILLION,
FIVE HUNDRED MILLION US DOLLARS FROM MY FATHER’S BANK ACCOUNTS IN
LONDON,SWITZERLAND,LUXEMBIURG,LIECHTENSTEIN AND JESEY ETC.
PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE SO THAT YOU WILL BELIEVE WHAT I AM TELLING
YOU:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/845456.stm

MY FAMILY AND I ARE LOOKING FOR A TRUSTWORTHY FOREIGN PARTNER WHO CAN
ASSIST US BY TAKING POSESSION OF THE TOTAL SUM OF US$25,000,000.00 ( TWENTY
FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ), WHICH THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT KNOW
ABOUT. BECAUSE IN THEIR THINKING THEY WANT TO LEAVE ONLY ONE HUNDRED MILLION
USD TO MY FAMILY THIS MONEYIS PRESENTLY IN THE POSSESSION OF A SECURITY
COMPANY ABROAD. THIS MONEY
WAS OF COURSE, ACQUIRED BY MY LATE FATHER AND IS NOW KEPT SECRETLY BY THE
FAMILY.

THE SWISS GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY FROZEN ALL OTHER ACCOUNTS OF MY
FAMILY IN SWITZERLAND, AND SOME OTHER COUNTRIES ALSO TRIED DOING LIKE
WISE. THIS BID BY SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DEAL WITH THIS FAMILY, HAS
MADE IT NECESSARY THAT I SEEK YOUR ASSISITANCE IN RECEIVING THIS MONEY AND
IN INVESTING IT ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY.
THIS MUST BE A JOINT VENTURE TRANSACTION AND WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER.
SINCE THIS MONEY IS STILL CASH,EXTRA SECURITY MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN
TO PROTECT IT FROM THEFT OR SEIZURE. I HAVE PERSONALLY
WORKED OUT ALL MODALITIES FOR THE PEACEFUL CONCLUSION OF THIS
TRANSACTION WITH THE SECUITY COMPANY.

HOWEVER, BASED ON THE GROUNDS THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME AND
ALSO ALL CONTENTIOUS ISSUES DISCUSSED BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THIS
TRANSACTION. YOU MAY ALSO DISCUSS YOUR PERCENTAGE BEFORE WE START TO
WORK.AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU, I WILL GIVE YOU ALL NECESSARY DETAILS AS TO
HOW WE INTEND TO CARRY OUT THE WHOLE TRANSACTION. PLEASE, DO NOT ENTERTAIN
ANY FEARS, AS ALL NECESSARY MODALITIES ARE IN PLACE, AND I ASSURE YOU OF ALL
SUCCESS AND SAFETY IN THIS TRANSACTION.PLEASE, THIS TRANSACTION REQUIRES
ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY AND YOU WOULD BE EXPECTED TO TREAT IT AS SUCH. IF
YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING ME PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CONCENT AND TELEPHONE
NUMBER.

PLEASE, YOU MAY ALSO IGNORE THIS LETTER AND RESPECT MY TRUST IN YOU BY
NOT EXPOSING THIS TRANSACTION, SHOULD YOU NOT BE INTERESTED.
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU.

THANK YOU

MOHAMMED ABACHA


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