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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:32:10 -0700



My Dear,
I am Prince Mohammed Abacha, the son to the late Nigerian Head of State
General Sani Abacha who died on 8th of June 1998 while still on active duty.
I am contacting in view of the fact we may be of great assistance to each
other, likewise developing a cordial business relationship.

I currently have within my reach the sum of thirty-five Million United State
Dollars ($35,000,000.00), which I intend to use for investment purpose specifically
in your country. This money came as a result of a payback contract deal
between my late father and a Russian firm in our country?s? Multi-billion
Dollar Ajaokuta steel plant. The Russian partner returned my father?s share
of US$35,000,000.00 USD after his death, and lodged it in my late Father?s
Security Company of which I am the director, but as of present the money
have been moved to London through the help of Standard Security Company
with the help of a Diplomat.

Due to the current situation in the country concerning the Government?s
attitude towards my family, it has become quite impossible for me to make
use of this money, I shall expect you to contact me on phone, No: 447040104568
urgently to enable us discuss in details about this transaction.

Bearing in mind that your assistance is needed to transfer this fund, I
propose a commission of 20% (twenty percent) of the total sum to you for
the expected service and assistance. You response is highly needed so as
to stop further contact.

All correspondence must be by Tel: 44704014568 or my private e-mail address:(
I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence
to keep this matter extra ordinarily confidential.

Best regards,


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