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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 23:47:04 +0100


Dear Friend,


This letter may come to you as a surprise but it was borne out of my sincere
desire to share a mutual business relationship with you. I got your e-mail
address when i was browsing through the internet searching for a credible
and reliable partner I can put my trust in. First, your strictest confidence
in this transaction is highly solicited. This is by virtue of its nature
as being utterly confidential and top secret.

I am a top government official with a statutory corporation and member of
an adhoc committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to review
contract awarded by past administration. In the course of identifying, scrutinizing
and recommending for the payment of all valid contract executed, we discovered
a huge sum of money amounting to USD41.5M (Forty One Million five Hundred
Thousand US Dollars) on grossly over invoiced contract already awarded and
executed for the Directorate of petroleum resources.

Having studied the entire situation carefully, we intend to transfer this
balance of USD41.5M presently floating in our apex bank of Nigeria to our
own benefit and advantage. However, we request for your unwavering assistance
in this regard because as civil servants we are prohibited under the civil
service code of conduct bureau from operating a foreign account or running
a foreign company unless after retirement, in this vain we want you to front
for us as partner to enable us lodge the funds speedily into your account.

Please bear in mind that no risk is attached to this project and all Logistics
are in place and modalities worked out for the smooth conclusion within
a stipulated time. This is in accordance with the fact that you must never
betray the trust already reposed on you. We have decided to compensate you
with 30% of the total sum for your support, 60% for us while 10% for miscellaneous
expenses (Both local and international).

If my proposal is accepted by you, please indicate by providing your confidential
phone and fax number in your reply email to enable me contact you for further
discussions on this matte rand advice in your return mail if any time is
confidential and convenient enough to call you.

And finally, I apologize for encroaching your privacy with this proposal
as I look forward to your swift response.

Best regard

Dr. Lucas Oghene


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