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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: "National Notification" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:29:20 +0000
Subject: Re:Your Needed Information


I am Dr. Dan Nkanga the present officer in charge of operations
Central Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N)I got your contact through online network, I
am contacting you in view that we might be of immense help to each other. I
have within my reach the sum of (27,500,000 USD) Twenty Million, Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars of which I intend to make you the
beneficiary of the funds. This money in question belongs to a deceased
foreign contractor in Nigeria of which I know 100% well that the money is
hanging loose and unclaimed within the Central Bank of Nigeria Territory.
Due to my current position as a present worker in the bank and also a Civil
servant I cannot lay claim on this money. I wish to contact you so that you
will indicate your interest as soon as you receive this message, so that I
will proceed and put your name as the rightful beneficiary of the funds and
move the money outside Nigeria with your name. I intend to part you with 20%
of the total sum, for your assistance while 70% will be my own cut of the
deal and the remaining 10% shall be set aside for any expenses that might be
incurred in the course of the transfer. However, whatever that might remain
from the 10% shall also be shared equally (between you and I). Every record
concerning these funds and all the legal contract documents backing the
funds will be given by the Ministries.
Please my good friend, I want you to limit this matter personally to
yourself, whatever your decision might be, all correspondence must be
through this my most exlusive e-mail address. This deal is 100% risk free.

I look forward to receiving your response. Thanking you in anticipation.

Kindest Regards
Dr. Dan Nkanga


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