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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "bitiyongorkar" <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 02:57:49 -0600

129 Ikoyi Avenue
Victoria Island
Lagos. Nigeria.

Dear Sir,

I am the chairman of the Contract Awarding Committee,
Federal Ministry of Communication, in Nigeria.

I am in contact with you to assist as a beneficiary to the sum and
the transfer of (US$18.6m) EIGHTEEN MILLION, SIX
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS, for investment purpose in your country.

And for this investment purpose in your country, you are
therefore, required to:-

(1) To be the beneficiary to the fund in question.

(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment.

(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.

If you have decided to render your assistance to us in this regard, then a mutual agrement will be reached on what you may want as your percentage offer in the total amount involved in this project. Moreso, details for a more understanding about your role will be furnished you accordingly. Ensure to send your private phone number to me for an easy communication.

Please reply as soon as posible to (

Best Regards,

Chairman Contract Awarding Committee {CCAC}.

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