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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: Oyeameachi Raul <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 14:12:34 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Good day and compliment,

Good day and compliment,

A CRY FOR HELP,I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish Of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and Reward you abundantly.

My family and I are true Christians and worship's God truthfully.
I got Your contact through Internet during my research on some one who could Help us.

I am a student Of University of Lagos, Nigeria, I am 22 yrs old. My fathers died earlier two months ago and left my Mother I and my brother behind.

He Was a king, which our town citizens titled him before his death I was a royal child to him and I and my brother are the only people who Can take Care of his wealth now because my mother is not literate enough To know all my fathers wealth behind.

He left up to USD 12.350 000.000.00 million dollars with a security Company, and I dont know how and what I will do to invest this money Somewhere in abroad, so that my fathers kindred will not take over what Belongs to my father and our family, which they were planning to do Without my present because I am too young as stated by our culture in the Town.

That is why I felt happy when I saw your contact which I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me secure And invest this money.

I thereby need your help in bringing the box Containing the money out from the security company, based on your reply I Will furnish you with more details on how we can proceed.

I am ready to pay 10% of the total amount to you if you help us in Securing this money and another 10% interest of Annual Income to you, for investing this money for us, which you will strongly have absolute Control Over.

If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me In lifting this fund, kindly reach me and I will let you know the next Step to take towards actualizing this transaction as quickly as Possible.

Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free. I look forward hearing from you soonest.

Yours sincerely,

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