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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: joseph ansah <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 09:01:43 +0100
Subject: Commpliment Of The Day,

From the Desk Of:Mr Joseph Ansah. 26TH./ JUNE./ 2007.


From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria,I as the Director of the International Remmittance Department personally found out that Late Engineer Williams Robert was among the list of foreign contractors that executed a contract with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and his contract payment of fifteen million, four hundred thousand united states dollars has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria,which is to be transfer to any nominated bank account of his choice,but along the line I personally have discovered that he had an car accident and died,so this approved payment of fifteen million, four hundred thousand united states dollars in his name was lingering as unclaimed fund at this moment,so due to my position in the Central Bank of Nigeria,we are not allowed to open an offshore bank account,so there is no way I will claim this fund by myself,but if you can be sincerely with me and have a good co-operation with me,I will present you to the bank as the next of kin to Late Engineer Williams Robert,and I will consult an accredited attorney with the Central Bank of Nigeria,who will process the necessary documents in your name to back you up as the next of kin to Late Engineer Williams Robert and to this fund.

However,if you are interested to this mutual transaction,and you will not betray me at the end,I will offer you the 40% of this fund,while I will establish an investment in your country with my own share,which is remain balance of %60 of the fund.

So,kindly fill the below information and return to me,if you will be capable to transact this mutual business transaction with me sincerely.
Please reply through my private email address:,for the confidentiality of this transaction.

1) Your full name:_ _ _ _ _ __ __ __ __ ____
2) Phone, fax and mobile :_ _ _ _ _ __ __ __
3) Company name, position and address:_ _ _ _ _ __ __
4) Occupation:_ __ ___ __ Contact Add:_ __ ___ __ _

5) Profession:_ _ _ _ _ __ __ __

6) AGE: _ __ __ ___ SEX:_ __ ___ __

From the Desk Of:
Mr Joseph Ansah.


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