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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: "BUKOLA SARAKI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:28:26 -0700
Subject: Attn: Dear Victim,

Attn: Dear Victim,
A random survey conducted by the United Nations, World Bank Group and Senate Committee on Scam, Corruption and
Necessary Compensation of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria confirmed that you are one of the
victims of numerous scams and frauds done by fraudulent Nigerians. Some of these scammers and frauds claim that
they are in United Kingdom, South Africa, UAE, Switzerland, Germany, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Ghana and other countries around the world but the TRUTH and REALITY is that these scammers and frauds who
scammed and defrauded you are from Nigerian origin and some are here in Nigeria while others are scattered
around the world. 
We are pleased to inform you that your name has been shortlisted as one of the victims of these scams and frauds
so we hereby regret the inconveniences caused to you by these scammers and frauds. We have decided to compensate
you for these scams and frauds ran on you by bad Nigerians so that you recover from the bad financial position
which they must have put you in. Hence, the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the sum of US
$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only for you as a compensation of the
large amount of money which you lost to the scammers and frauds.
To make sure that you receive this US$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
only accordingly, I Bukola Saraki, the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the person to pay
this money to you. I shall pay this US$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
only to you via Online Transfer which will enable you transfer the funds to any account of your choice using
your home Private Computer To enable me pay this Compensation to you without any problem, I request the
following information from you:-
1) Your Full Names,
2) Your Secured Delivery Address
3) Your Direct Telephone Number and Mobile.
Once you receive this message, kindly send to me by a return email the above mentioned information  to enable us
set up the online account in your name so that we will send your online information to enable you access and
transfer your funds to any account of your choosing.
For more details and clarity, you may call me at Direct Lines: +234-9083279268 I am waiting to hear from you
immediately you receive this email.
Best regards, 
Senator. Bukola Saraki (MON, GCFR).
Direct Lines: +234-9083279268
The Senate President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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