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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. Garba Musa"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 21:50:41 +0100
Subject: Official Advertisement From The Senate

FROM THE DESK OF Mr.Abdul Akubia
This is to inform you that you have out of curiosity erroneously derailed from the realities of life in pursuance of your inheritance/ contract fund to be released in sheer desperation. This desperate move, we are aware has led you to answer every mail that comes your way thereby making you a victim of fraud and we are also aware that you have lost a lot of your money in order to get your inheritance/ contract fund released.
We have intermittently floated this advert for a very long time to warn all our contractors yet they refused to take the right step as a result of desperation. In this context, you are advised to forward any documents you receive in respect of this contract fund and inquire from our office so that we can enlighten you and give you directives on how to get your money and where and when your fund must be ready for transfer. You are also required to make available the details of your inheritance(s) and bank where you wish your money to be remitted. Our recommendation is final. We are mandated to make fact findings and report our findings to the paying Accountant General of the Federation for immediate remittance.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If par-adventure, you are one of those who has been deceived beyond REDEMPTION and you still believe those who have been deceiving you all these while and you refuse to let go of your self off their grips we wish you the best of luck. If you ever get your money from them other than our official office do not hesitate to inform us so that we will congratulate you. Since you began to pursue the money from the so-call different sources have you been able to get it. If you wish to get your money then do not delay to write us as soon as you receive this letter. However, you are advised to keep our address as long as you can if you decide to stick to the unscrupulous people who have wrecked you down for a very long time. Your case seems, a paradox before you, it is not so.
Your money has been made ready for a very long time but you abandoned it due to lack of knowledge of where to get your payment. This is an official advertisement from the SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT. Looking forward to your soonest response. Documentation is free. If you must pay any bill the SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT  will deduct it from your contract fund except where you are been to other government parastatals other than SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT. We shall not accept any excuses of former payment to frivolous people. Be warned.
Best regard,
Mr.Abdul Akubia

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