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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:

Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:20:25 +0000
Subject: How are you? (ESTER EFFIONG)

Good Day,

I am special aid to the late Stella Obasanjo,the first lady of the federal republic of Nigeria,who died from complications due to surgery at a hospital in Spain,i was among the entourage on that visit.

The purpose of our visit to spain was two fold,one for her surgery and secondly to hand over $35M USD to an estate developer of British origin who was to further deposit the said amount into her designated account.This was not achieved.

On our arrival to Spain she immediately went into hospital and never came back,due to her unexpected death i had to personally deposit the trunk of money into a secuirty company in Spain for safe keeping as i did not want to take it back to Nigeria as we had orders to repatriate her corpse back without delay.
I am hereby soliciting your support to claim this money deposited at the security company.

I cannot do this myself because of the eyes,which are on me at the moment since i denied knowledge of the money back in Nigeria.secondly,i do not trust any African to do this as he may disappear with the money.Thirdly,my travelling in the mist of the state of national mourning would amount to suspicion.

Her secretary and i are the only two people who knows of the whereabouts of the money,we pledge therefore to give you 25% for your support and take 70%.However 5% would be set aside for any incidental exercises incurred in effecting the release of this money.I am perpared to give you the contact of the security company for your verifications.

Awaiting your unflinching support,also relying on your honsety in understanding the strict confidentiality of this issue.


MIS.Ester Effiong

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