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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: "Maryam Abacha" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:55:00 +0000
Subject: WIDOW'S CRY!


It is with heart full of hope that I write to seek your help in the context
below.I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha the wife of the former Nigerian Head of State
Late General Sani Abacha,whose sudden death occurred on 8th June 1998.
Having got your particulars from the family library, I have no doubt about
your capacity and goodwill to assist me in receiving into your custody (for
safety) the sum of US$25million Willed and deposited in my favour by my late
husband. This money is currently kept in a Finance & Securities Company in
Europe. As it is legally required, the administration of my late husband
property is under the authority of the family Lawyer.

However, the new democratic government has on assumption of office set up a
panel of enquiry to probe the financial activities of my late husband
(former head of state) with a decision to freeze all his Assets
respectively. The investigation team has submitted their report;presently
some cash and assets have been frozen and seized.

Fortunately, our family lawyer had secretly protected the personal will of
my husband from the notice of investigators and have strictly advised that
the willed money be urgently moved into an overseas account of trusted
foreign friend without delay, for security reasons.The government had
earlier placed foreign travel embargo on all our family members and seized
all known local and international business outlet belonging to my late
husband. The situation has been so terrible that we are virtually living on
the assistance of well wishers. In view of this plight therefore, I expect
you to be trustworthy and kind enough to respond to this call I hereby agree
to compensate your sincere and candid effort in this regard with 25% of the
fund when finally received by you. The attorney has perfected arrangements
with the securities and finance firm to effect complete dislodgment of this
money to you within a week of the receipt of your response. They have
equally guaranteed 100% risk-free and smooth transfer to you if you so
request. Please send down the following information as you respond to this
SOS message:

1.Your private telephone and fax numbers for prompt access.Do include your
mobile phone number also.

2.Your full names and address.

As I look forward to your response , may you remain blessed abundantly.
Please do respond immediately to my direct emailaddress

Warmest regards,

Mrs.Mariam Abacha(WIDOW).

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