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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: martin egbuna <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:07:24 +0100

SOLICITOR OF CO-OPERATE CONSULTANCY.NO 1 SOLO- OGUN STREET AGUDA- ABUJA NIGERIA.Tell/fax Number: 2348032371297Our ref: cnp/nba: 204"65 your ref: Date: 13/11/2007
Dear Friend, am Mr Agha Martin Egbuna a former special adviser on petroleum and economic matters to the late Head of State Federal Republic of Nigeria General Sani Abacha. Because of my strategic position in the former Government,and also being a close confidant of the Head of State. I was able to acquire personally,the sum of $10,000,000.00USD (Ten Million United States Dollars) presently lodged in security company Europe. I made this money legally through "CONSULTANCY FEE" and Good Faith Fees" paid by foreign oil companies prior to Allocation of Deep oil locks and other Lifting/prospecting Right. Nigeria is the 6th largest Producer/Exporter of Crude Oil in the World. As you are probably aware Nigeria is prone to Political/Economic Instability,hyper Inflation, and among other problems,I have therefore resolved to invest my money abroad, preferable in Real Estate Properties and Importation of Goods for safety and optimum returns on Investments. However, straight transfer of this money into a bank abroad will present two major problems: 1. The tax incidence will be too high, as much as 40% of this money will go up in Taxes, Levies, Penalties etc. 2, As an Ex serviceman in a former military government on which the present democratic government of Musa Yar' Audu is fighting very hard to freeze the accounts of the men that served in the government of General,Sani Abacha. So as a result of Government deliberate restrictions on flight of capital Abroad. The solution I had was to package the money in a Diplomatic IRON TRUNK BOXES tagged family personal luggage.This system is secret and the money is therefore untraceable. All I now need is a honest partner who can receive the money on my behalf and help me to invest it as aforementioned. There is absolutely no risk involved in this transaction as the money will be delivered to you in United States Dollars. If you are interested in assisting me, get back to me for more detailed information.
For your help and assistance in this transaction, you will receive 40% of total sum of the money in cash, 10% will be set aside to offset all expenses while the remaining 50% is for me. So if your are willing to assist me make the claim from security company in London,then you have to send me your full information,as i need them for the legal document from court here in my country. Expecting to hear from you. Best Regards,
Barrister Agha Martin Egbuna

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