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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, 13 Mar 2005 08:48:29 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?HELLO?=


I write to inform you of my desire to acquire estates
or landed properties
in your country on behalf of the Director of Contracts
and Finance Allocations
of the federal Ministry of Works and Housing in
Nigeria. Considering his very
strategic and influential position, he would want the
transaction to be as strictly
confidential as possible. He further wants his
identity to remain undisclosed at
least for now, untill the completion of the
transaction. Hence our desire to have
an overseas agent. I have therefore been directed to
inquire if you would agree to
act as our overseas agent in order to actualize this
transaction. The deal, in brief,
is that the funds with which we intend to carry out
our proposed investments in your
country is presently in a coded account at the
Nigerian Apex Bank (i.e. the Central
Bank of Nigeria) and we need your assistance to
transfer the funds to your country in
a convenient bank account that will be provided by you
before we can put the funds
into use in your country. For this, you shall be
considered to have executed a contract
for the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in
Nigeria for which payment should be
effected to you by the Ministry, The contract sum of
which shall run into US$31 Million,
of which your share shall be 30% if you agree to be
our overseas agent. As soon as
payment is effected, and the amount mentioned above is
successfully transferred into
your account, we intend to use our own share in
acquiring some estates abroad.
For this too you shall also serve as our agent. In the
light of this, ! I would
like you to forward to me the following information:
1. Your company name and address
2. Your personal fax number
3. Your personal telephone number for easy
You are requested to communicate your acceptance of
this proposal through my above stated email addr.
after which we shall discuss in details on telephone
the modalities for seeing this
transaction through. Your quick response will be
highly appreciated.Please endeavour to reply me via my confidential email
address of
Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.
Yours faithfully,

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