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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: eliz beth <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 04:52:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Asisstance please.

Dear ,

My name is Mrs Elizbeth Panou, I am a top civil servant in a governmental agency responsible for social services. I am priviledged to classified files.

In 2001, a contract was awarded by my government to a joint German/Finnish engineering firm for urban roads rehabilitation and construction. The actual contract worth was $10million. The contract was successfully executed.

The firm has been paid and they have since packed up their construction rigs and left the country.
However the contract sum was overestimated by $9million, and this very sum my two collegues and I are desirous to move out of the country now. I was making discreet search fora capable foreign partner and I came across your contact, hence this. Please let me know if you are willing to assist.

You will be well compensated as we have maped out 30% of the total sum aqs your share. I wait to hear favourably from you.

Best regards

Mrs, Elizbeth

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