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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, 5 Jun 2005 18:08:05 -0700


My name is Senator Felix Ogunlana.
The chairman of the Senate committee on Pension,
insurance and manpower development in the National Assembly of the Federal
Republic Of Nigeria. I am writing you to earnestly Solicit for your assistance
in helping to receive some sum of money
into your account for safe keeping. I got your e-mail address through an
internet marketing firm while searching for a reliable and reputable person
to handle this transaction.


We have the sum of US$(Twenty-Nine Million Dollars) that we
intend to transfer overseas through the assistance of a foreign partner.This
money came as a result of Over provision in the budget
for unclaimed pension and accident insurance. This over provision was
done by my committee, but all payments have been made to beneficiaries leaving
behind the over budgeted amount which amounts to US$29,000,000.00 which
is deposited in the Nigeria Deposit Bank here in Nigeria. I have agreed
to transfer the funds overseas for my campaign
funding and other investment purposes, private use and for investment purposes
with your help. I am contacting you therefore, to stand in as the beneficiary
to process this fund into your custody. As soon as you consent to this I
will immediately send you title documents to the fund in your
name so you can make claim for it.

I will provide you with 30% for assisting us and 5% to be set aside for
reimbursement,for expenses that may arise during the process of concluding
the transaction. The fund shall be transferred to you legally in accordance
to all laid down procedures governing transfer of funds.

I have perfected all modalities for the successful transfer of this money
to you as the beneficiary.

Finally, I have to reassure you that this transaction is 100% risk free
and should be kept absolutely confidential. Presently, you can reach me
by return mail, you should also include your telephone numbers if any, for
secured communication between us Please send a mail to my alternative mail
box: to indicate your interest to enable us
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. I await your response. Also
Note that we need to conclude this transaction before the end of next month
as we can still make payments on last years budget till this time

Best Regards

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