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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: "Mrs. Margaret Alamieyeseigha" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 22:41:46 +0200

Dear Sir,


I am Mrs. Margaret Alamieyeseigha, the wife of Chief D. S. P.
Alamieyeseigha, the former Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, who is
presently facing trial for Money laundering.


My husband eternally confounding breakaway from London and emergence,
Monday, November 21 2005 in our state in Nigeria was a master strategy
to counter the plot by Abuja Forces to use the State House of Assembly
to commence impeachment processagainst him 24 hours later, that is
Tuesday, November 22. Strikingly, those who want him put out of
political limelight are equally formidable. Few hours after his
arrival, men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
moved and herded majority of the members of the State House of
Assembly, who the “Ijaw governor general” had returned to lobby,
to Lagos. The EFCC is held the legislators in their groins over the
questionable manner they handled the N100 million each of them
allegedly collected for projects in their respective constituencies
(which was a treat in order for the members of the Lawmakers to heed
to the plans of the Presidency). Thus, the cajoling game starts.


And unfortunately for my husband, he could not speak with thelawmakers
and their new leadership before they were moved to Lagos on the
invitation of the EFCC and events were happening at a very hasty and
dizzying pace. From Lagos, the new Speaker, Mr. Peremobowei Ebebi,
publicly announced on Tuesday that an impeachment notice had been
served on the governor. With the new posture of the Assembly, which
stood firm behind my husband.


And if you will agree with me that my husband is today facing trials
not because of money laundry, which is a mere issue here in Nigeria.
The main fact is that his Political arrivals wanted him of office and
with the assumption of the Presidency that he was in full support of
his people whom over the years denied their rights. If my husband were
involved in Money Laundering then he did what others are doing.The
President is involved in Money Laundering and down to the list
person(s) in the office.


Since after the arrest of my husband, my family is under restriction
of movement and that not withstanding, we are being molested, policed
and our bank Account both here and abroad are being frozen by the
Nigerian Government. My husband gave me information of a consignment,
which was moved through Diplomatic Bags of Niger Republic Embassy
before his arrest.

I am soliciting for your kind assistance to help us retrieve the
consignment since our movement is monitored and we are not allowed to
leaveNigeria. The amount is US$75M; this money is the only fortune
left for my family.


Finally, I shall furnish you with more on how the money would be
secured by your good self as soon as you confirm your readiness to
co-operate with me. We have resolved to offer you 40% of the total


Best regards,


Mrs. Margaret Alamieyeseigha

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