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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: "Mr.David Madu Madu" <eneh024@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <summer2001d@yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:45:54 +0200
Subject: RE: URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL


RE: URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL FROM: Mr. David MaduAUDITOR GENERALFirst National Bank6th floor, 1 First PlaceCnr Simmonds & Pritchard StreetJohannesburg, GautengSouth Africa

Hello, RE: TRANSFER OF USD 168,559,000.00 MILLION TO YOUR ACCOUNT. I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However, this correspondence is private, and it should be treated in strict confidence. At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free to both parties. In order to transfer out USD 168,559,000.00{ One hundred and sixty eight million five hundred and fifty nine thousand U.S dollar Only } from our bank here in South Africa. The fund for transfer is of clean origin. The owner of the fund is a foreigner, a program leader who was believed to acquire the fund through his secret Crude Oil deal with the FormerIRAQI government. The deceased died with all the members of his family in an auto-accident in June 23,1999 without a WILL. The amount involved is USD 168,559,000.00 I want to transfer this money into your account as the foreign beneficiary of the fund. I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before, BUT BE SURE THAT IT IS REAL AND A GENUINE BUSINESS. I CONTACT YOU BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NOT LET ME DOWN ONCE THE FUND GOES INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. Let me hear from you.
Regards,
Mr. David Madu

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