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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: ALI ALITA <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:52:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ..................NEEDED A TRUTHFUL PERSON.........THAT CAN TRANSFER THIS MONEY............

Address: 3 Presley Way
Crownhill, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire MK8 OES
United Kingdom.
TELEPHONE +447-024-061-773

In appreciation of your esteemed contact received
through a reliable source and the choice of your
country I wish to introduce myself .I am Ali Alita the first son of His Royal Majesty, R .M Climent
Alita and the traditional ruler of Eleme Province in
the oil area of United Kingdom. I am making this
contact to you in respect of ( 20,000,000.00 Pounds),
which I inherited, from my late father. This funds was
accumulated from royalties paid to my father as
compensation by the oil firms located in our area as a
result of oil presence on our land which hamper
agriculture which is our major source of livelihood.
Unfortunately my father died from protracted diabetes.

But before his death, he called my attention and
informed me that he lodged some funds with a security
firm and Security Company was also revealed to me, he
then advised me to look for a reliable business
partner abroad, who will assist me in investing the
funds in a lucrative business as a result of economic
instability in United Kingdom.I and my family have
unanimously decided to give you 35% of the total
funds, 2% for charity homes and 3% for expenses, which
may arise during the transaction, fax and phone bills

The balance of 60% you will invest and manage for my
family. I hereby guarantee you that this is not
government funds, it is not drug funds and it is not
funds from arms deal.I will give you all proof of
deposit and existence of funds once urgent and fully
satisfied with your capability and honesty. I hope
this will be the beginning of a prosperous
relationship between my family and your
family.Nevertheless if you are for any reason not
interest, kindly inform me immediately so that I will
look for another contact. Reply me as soon as possible

Your's faithfully,
Address: 3 Presley Way
Crownhill, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire MK8 OES
United Kingdom. Phone : +447-024-061-773
Ali Alita

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