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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: Smith Morgan <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:18:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Contact P.M.G.F.R.N today.

This is to bring to your notice that The Nigeria Senate House delegated fro=
m the United Nations to pay 100 scam victims scammed by Nigerians US$1Milli=
on each; your e-mail address is listed and approved for this payment as one=
of the scammed victims.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to your notice that during the=
last UN meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria with the President of Nigeria (GCF=
R) Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the wo=
rld in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams=
artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to reta=
in the good image of the country, the president of the country is now payin=
g 100 victims of this operators $1Million USD each. Due to the corrupt and =
inefficient banking systems in Nigeria, the payment are to be paid by Offic=
e of the new elected Paymaster General Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Kunl=
e Oshinla.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 84 beneficiaries has been pa=
id, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 20 l=
eft to be paid the compensations of $1 Million each. Your e-mail address wa=
s mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as o=
ne of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communi=
cate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever, the US s=
ecretservice is already on trace of the criminals.=20
Now you are directed to contact the Office of the Paymaster General Federal=
Republic of Nigeria Dr. Kunle Oshinla immediately so that he will pay you =
and fax you the payment Copy Slip contact him now and inform him that you r=
eceived an email from The Federal House of Senate Federal Republic of Niger=
ia, Instructing you to call him for immediate release of your compensation =
and forward your Details to his office to avoid transfer mistake.
Name: Dr. Kunle Oshinla ( Paymaster General Federal Republic of Nigeria )
Tel: +234 8066667561
Contact him immediately.
NOTE : We have mounted our security network to monitor every in-coming call=
, if we still find out that you are still dealing with all those fraudsters=
We shall stop and cancel your payment immediately.
Best Regards
Senator.Smith Morgan.=0A=0A=0A

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