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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: "DIKE FRIDAY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:41:38 -0800
Subject: Unclaimed Funds

Dear Sir/Mrs,
I am currently an assistant director in the Nigerian Federal Ministry Of
Petroleum and Natural resources.A contract fund which has remained
unclaimed for ten years and after series of investigations we found out
that the fund claim was an inflated contract payment and the relevant
documents to claim it legally was missing hence the transfer of the fund
was stopped by the federal government.
Therefore,If you are interested to work with me as a family then i want
you to come forward and claim this fund as as the true beneficiary and we
shall share the fund 60-40%with my position and your
cooperation/understanding all the legal documents backing the fund in your
name/address as the true beneficiary shall be legally obtained and
documented for transfer and the transfer of the fund shall take place
Please,note that there is no risk involved as long as you are able to keep
everything to yourself only and maintain absolute confidentiality now and
after you have received the fund.
Yours Sincerely,

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