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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: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 14:00:27 -0800
Subject: Hello Sir

First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this
is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret.
You have been recommended by an associate who assured me in confidence of
your ability and reliability in prosecuting a business transaction of high
net value requiring maximum confidentiality
I am Barrister. ABU MALIK Personal Assistant to Alhaji Rewani Lukeman, the
Presidential Adviser on Petroleum Matters. Sir, my message to you was based
on some money that floated into the Government treasury due to the recent
boom in the International Oil Market. The Federal Government of Nigeria
budgeted US$18.00 per barrel in last year budget, but the price rose in
the international oil market where by a barrel was sold between US$28-US$54.00.

We recorded excesses, and all these would not be accounted for, hence some
executive members in the petroleum ministry decided to stash away the sum
of US$140,300,000.00,(one hundred and forty Million, three hundred thousand
United States Dollars) to an off shore account .
Please we are not contacting you because we do not have or know any person
with whom we can do the deal with successfully, rather we are trying to
avoid situation where by, after our tenure in office, a panel of inquiry
may be setup to check our activities while in office or our investments
through friends and relations, that is what we are avoiding.
If you are interested to assist us, please let me have your personal telephone,
fax and email address, so that I can furnish you with further details on
the modalities of the transfer of the fund into your bank account. Please
keep this matter to your self, as we do not want it to back fire. If you
are not interested, delete this mail and take it as if you have heard nothing
from me.
I look forward for your positive response.
Best regards.
Barrister. ABU IBN MALIK

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