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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:36:28 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I am making this contact hoping that you will be willing and capable of handling this proposal,I am engr Zaki Adams an engineer with the federal ministry of petroleum Resoures, The tiny Republic of benin a country in west africa discovered crude oil, black Gold in port-novo and since they are not members of ORGANIZATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRY (OPEC) they reqested for our assistance through our ministry whose subsidiary is the (NNPC) we were able to assist in drilling and excavating of this black Gold and also spot lifting.

As a result of the spot lifting an escess (US$25.2m) Twenty Five Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars was recorded and it is in our favour, my colleagues then decided we should look for an honest and sincere person who will stand claim of this amount because the law of our country does not allow civil servants to operate foreign account.

Presently the money is safely kept in an escrow account secure from all eyes, upon our receipt of your response we shall then disclose in details, it will also afford us to know you more on further discussion on percentage that will be given to you for your assistance.

If you are interested and sure you can handle this transaction contact me through with your full name, home or office address, age, occupation and other informations to enable us proceed.

Best Regards,
Engr. Zaki Adams

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