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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: jane coxen <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 19:49:39 +0100
Subject: reply urgent

Dear, I am highly compelled upon strict recommendation, to write you this very urgent and confidential letter.I do hope my letterwill not embarrass you since I had no previouscorrespondence with you. I am sending this proposal with due sense ofhumanity, responsibility and with few awareness thatyou will give it a sympathetic attention. I regretthe inconvenience it may cause you based on thecondition that we have not met before. I am Mrs.Fatima Abacha, the wife of General Sani Abacha,the Late head of state of Federal Republic ofNigeria .I am contacting you in view of the fact that we will be of great assistanceto each other like wise developing a cordialrelationship. My husband along with top officials of their past administration has beenaccused of looting several Billion United StatesDollars from the Nigeria Government. The currentattitude of the present government towards myfamily has indeed made life quite unbearable for us.Fortunately, My humble self,HAJIA FATIMA ABACHA, has Forty eight million United States Dollars(US$48 million) cash, which I intended touse for investment purposes overseas. This money is kept in a private security company. This money wasdeposited for safe keeping in the security vault ofa freighting agency here by my husband preparotry tobeing air lifted abroad for investment purposesbefore his sudden death in the hands of Indian prostitues leaving a clause that it couldonly be claimed by an expertriate partner. It isonly my late husband and myself that know where the moneyis kept. Due to the current situation in the countryconcerning government?s vendettas towards my family,we seek your assistance to transfer this money outof Nigeria for the purpose of investment as intendedby my husband.Note that my family is currently beingprobed by this present government for allegedinvolvement in misappropriation of public fundsduring my Husband's regime.Towards this effect, an embargo restricting my family membersfrom traveling or carrying out financialtransactions without their express permission is inforce. The government wants to ruin the family andcease all our funds even those with the swiss bank.You can confirm this from the website below: However, I have an arrangement on how to freightthis money to you after receiving some assurancesfrom you of the safety our own share and that youwill only take the commission that we will offeryou.This money personally belongs to my family andwe intend that it still be used for investment. The freighting company to be used has now beenintroduced to me and as so on as we recieve yourreadiness to assist us recieve this fund we shallformalize the deposit documents in your name andreach an agreement with them to air lift theconsignment for your pick up.Bearing in mind thatyour assistance is needed to transfer this fund.We propose a commission of 30% of thetotal sum to you for the expected services andassistance. While 5% is mapped out for miscellaneousexpenses. 35% for the welfare of muslims all over the world which is my main target now that I am seriously sick due to stress and humiliation from my wicked government. 30%,will be for the rest of my family with your assistance in helping them invest wisely in your country. Please take good care of them and show love to them. On your positive consent, I shall expect you tocontact me urgently to enable us discuss aboutthis.Your urgent response is highly needed. I mustuse this opportunity to implore you to exerciseutmost indulgence to keep this matterextraordinarily confidential,PLEASE VIEW THIS AS A MATTER OF URGENCY AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. ILOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PROMPT REPLY TO MY CONFIDENTIAL
May God guide you in peace, Hajia Fatima.
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