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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: "sam pauline" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 01:39:23 +0000


Dear Sir/Madam
I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the Late Gen.Sanni Abacha former
Nigeria Military Head of State who died mysteriously as a result of Cardiac
Arrest. Since after my husband's death my family is under restriction of
movement and that not withstanding, we are being molested, policed and our
Bank Account both here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigeria Civilian
Government. Furthermore, my elder son is in detention by the Nigeria
Government for more interrogation about my husband's assets and some vital
Following the recent discovery of my husband's Bank Account by the Nigerian
Government with Swiss Bank in which the huge sum of US$700 MILLION and DM
450 Million was logged. I therefore decided to contact you in confidence
that I was able to move out the sum of US$30 Million Dollars, which was
secretly defaced and is sealed in two Metal Boxes for security reasons.
I therefore personally, appeal to you seriously and religiously for your
urgent assistance to move this money into your country where I believe it
will be safe since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction of
movement imposed on the members of my family by the Nigeria Government. You
can contact me through my family LAWYER:
Barrister Egbe Kadi Egbe , on his e.mail
address.( and he will arrange with you for a
face to face meeting outside Nigeria in order to liaise with you toward
effective completion of this transaction.

However, arrangements have been put in place to move this money out of the
country in a secret vault through a diplomatic security company , and as
soon as you indicate your interest forward to my Lawyer your TELEPHONE
NO:,FAX NO: and your postal address so that he shall send to you the Air-Way
Bill of the Luggage and other related documents so that you can help to
claim the Luggage.
Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum while 5% is
for local and international expensis which we will inqure during this
transaction while 65% is to be held on trust by you until we can decide on a
suitable business investment in your country subsequent to our free movement
by the Nigeria Government. Please reply urgently and treat with absolute
confidentiality and sincerety.
Best Regards.

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