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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: Dr Evergreen Okri <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:14:59 +0200
Subject: Dr Evergreen Okri

Dr Evergreen Okri
External Auditor to Senate
Committee on foreign contract payment,


I am Dr Evergreen Okri, External Auditor to Senate Committee on foreign contract payment,my office monitors and controls  all financial maters  concerned with foreign contract payments executed withing the country and also audit all the accounts held with the commercial banks  in line with  foreign contracts settlement.I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions i received 2 days ago from the Senate Committee on Contract Payments /Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports /expenditures and audited reports of revenues.Among  several others,  I have  before me list of audited account for foreign contract payments, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either  as ghost accounts,unclaimed foreign contract payment  etc.On the curse of executing my duties  i find out from list of the unclaimed  foreign contract payment that the unpaid fund belong to Mr Vitaly Kaloyev who’s wife and two children died in a mid-air plane collision that killed 71 people in southern Germany in July 2002 was convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail by a Zurich court of murdering Swiss air-traffic controller Pieter Nelson.
Vitaly Kaloyev Has directed that I seek a partner who’s account this money will be transferred to as he is in  prison and cannot make use of the money and this money may revert to the Nigerian Government if immediate action is not taken.
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This became necessary for in accordance with the Law of Nigeria  at the expiration of 5 years the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigeria  Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund. I decided to contact you to assist me receive this money for safe keeping and investments on his behalf as this fund will be taken over by the Nigeria  Government as provided in section 129 sub 63(N), Nigeria  Banking Edit of 1971. This prompted me to contact you.
I want to front you as the owner and beneficiary of the unpaid contract fund  thereby making you the legal beneficiary of the sum of $25.5 Million U.S. Dollars that is presently in the Financial and Security Company. I contacted you because i do not want this money to be traced back to him.The transaction is 100% legal and totally free of risks as all modalities has been perfected to ensure a hitch free success of the transaction,on this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid  certified contract funds.
1. You will give me 50% of  the total  contract funds as soon as you confirm it in your designated bank account.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist in this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights of ownership of this fund to your name to facilitate your easy clearance and transfer of the complete funds to your country and i  advise you funish me with the following information to enable me  make the required changes on the file and documents to your name as the beneficiary.
1. Your full names,home/Office address.
2. your telephone/mobile line.
3. Scan coppy of you passport photo.
For security reasons do not respond to the above email address.You are to contact me through my official e-mail address at :( the receipt of your mail,i will direct you on what to do.
Waiting for your reply soon.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr Evergreen Okri

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