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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:

From: "ZENITH BANK" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 03:14:29 +0100

Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc.

Dear Sir / Madam,

With close inquiries made about you ,I believe you can handle this matter.
I humbly seek your assistance in a matter that needs outmost trust and
confidence. I am Dr. Hassan Abudu, (MBA,ACIS)and I am the bank to manager
Zenith bank in the federalrepublic of Nigeria.
There is an account in my bank that has not been updated in the last nine
years and it has the sum of $7,000,000.00 usd.
This money has no beneficiary and severe investigations show that the
account belongs to a foreign company belonging to Mr.Alan P. Seamann who
died a couple of years ago. Right now, I am willing to give you 20% of
the total sum as your own share if the money is transferred into your
account. The nature of your business is not relevant for the success of
this transaction. I have taken all necessary precautions to make sure
that the transaction is 100% risk free and it is believed that this
transaction will be completed within seven working days.
I require you to send me your private email address, phone and fax number
for an easy and well secured communication. Please you must keep this
transaction secret at all
times until you have received the fund in your account.
Please reply back to my private email at(
I am looking forward to your urgent response.
Best regards,
Dr.Hassan Abudu.


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