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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: "Mohammed Sanni Abacha" <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 20:20:50 +0000

Firstly, I will crave your indulgence trust and
confidenciality before I introduce myself to you. My
name is Alhaji Mohammed Abacha the elderly son of late
General Sanni Abacha.Who died unexpectedly during his
government. Before my my father died he was deposited huge
amount of dollar ( TWENTY FIVE MILLIONS DOLLARS) under security vault in
european country. And this funds was kept for family
investment without knowing that he will die unexpectedly.And
since my father pass away I was arrested and kept in prison
for no reason and all my family account home and abroad was
seize by the government of Nigeria.
However, I was just release by the government after
court jurgement with condition that I should not travel
out of my state in Kano. With this situation my mother now
decide that we should solicit for assistance from a
foreigner who will be of assistance to the abacha family in othre
for him to claim this funds in europe as a beneficiary.My
family have agreed to compensateany partner/associate who
be of help to the family the 25% of the total sum 5% for
any expense incure before the smooth conclusion of the
project theremaining70% is for my family which will intend
to invest in buying shares also land and properties.
We asured you 100% risk free on this transaction and
I want you to treatthis transaction very confidencial till
we conclude this project. If you willing to assist us
on this transaction get back to me very fast. so that I will
instruct my lawyer to get you every documents
I await your soonest response.
Alhaji Mohammed Sanni Abacha


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