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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: "sabo mustapha" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 15:52:50 +0100
Subject: Waiting for your urgent reply


Compliment of the day,

I am Mr Sabo Mustapha internal audictor
federal ministry of mines of the federal republic of
Nigeria My reason of sending this mail to you is to
request you to stand as the original contractor and
receive this fund USD$30MILLION on my behalf.

Mr. Parkins Salim an American national and a
contractor with the FEDERAL MINISTRY OF MINES who
unforuntately lost his life and family in the lndian
Earthquake. Have executed contract with our ministry
whose contract sum have been approved and the forex
allocation for the fund have also been issued ,but
unfortunately for him his death has have caused him
not to receive the fund and if the fund still remain
unclaimed the fund will be returned to the federal
government as unclaimed contract sum which I will
not prefer

My reason of seeking for your assistance is as

1 Mr Salim is a foreign contractor and due to the
new directive by the federal government that
contractors should be paid directly not unlike
before when the ministry receive the allocation and
pays the contractor.

2 You being a foreigner will be presented as a
person whom Mr Salim have transferred the ownership
of the contract to[I will provide all necessary
document to back it up]

Meanwhile the fund is presently in the Standard
Trust Bank Plc,

All relevant document relating to the contract that
will enable the remittance of the fund into your
nominated account will be provided on demand ..

The deal therefore must be confidential,and i assure
you of it's 100% risk free, but requires only your
co-operation. You will receive 30% of the total sum,
10% will be for expenses incidental to the
remittance, while the balance of 60% will be for me.

The Standard Trust Bank Plc in compliance with
Parliamentary directive has expressed readiness to
release the fund via payment advice. All modalities
for the transfer have been worked out and once
started, it will not take time with absolute
support of all concerned.

I shall need your full name as the director of the
company, telephone/Fax number for easier
communication. Finally i wish to inform you that i
will be going for my retirement very soon, so l need
this money to invest in viable project in your
country or it environ. You shall arrange for us to
meet immediately the transfer of the money is made
to you. l am waiting for your urgent response.

My Regards

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