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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: "TINUOLA FALOYE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:04:55 +0100

It has been a long time now,am sorry for entire loss of communication,it was due to some problem i had lately,I am also happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds out of Lloyd's bank under the cooperation of a new partner from Africa. Presently I'm in Paraguay for some investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts and for the fact that you kept our communication secret all this while,despite that it failed then.i wish to show some appreciation for that. kindly get in touch with my stock manager in Africa where we shared the money.Find below his contact information.

Name: Lucky Ogiame

Alpha Brokers Nigeria L.T.D

E- mail:

Tell: +234-703-627-4970

Ask him to send you the total $800,000;00 (Eight hundred thousand united states dollars) certified bank Cheque, which I made in your favor for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempt in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with him and give him your address where to send the draft to you.Please do let me know immediately you receive the Cheque to enable us share the joy after all the sufferings at that time.I will be offline for a while.
Best regards,
Tinuola Faloye

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