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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: "DR.MIKE CHIBUZOR" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:49:36 +0100
Subject: Executive Investigation Chairman,

Executive Investigation Chairman,On Contracts Payment
Review panal Committee.
Falomo Office Complex,


First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this is virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret.

I am the Executive Investigation Chairman Committee on Review of Contracts Payments instituted by H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo to probe/review all contracts executed and payments made during the regime of late General Sani Abacha. I have been mandated by my colleagues on the Committee to seek your assistance in the transfer of the sum of US$31.5Million.

As you may know, the late General Abacha and members of his government embezzled billion of dollars through spurious contracts and payments to foreigners between 1993-1998, and this is now the subject of probe by my Committee. In the course of our review, we have discovered the sum of US$31.5Million,which the former dictator could not transfer from the dedicated account of the Central Bank of Nigeria before his sudden death on June 8, 1998. It is this amount that my colleagues and I have decided to acquire for ourselves through your assistance. This assistance becomes crucial because we cannot acquire the fund in our names.

We have thus developed a, fool proof, legal and totally risk free arrangement through which the fund can be transferred within a very short time, if you follow strictly our instructions. The plan is to use our position and influence on the Committee to present you as a foreign contractor beneficiary of the fund. We shall arrange all documentation to support this claim and get Approval for the transfer of the funds for your benefit on our behalf. The arrangement is perfected to be 100% risk free and we are sure the transaction can be concluded within 7-10 working days from when you agree to assist us.

You should acknowledge the receipt of my mail through the above Telephone and Fax numbers Or E-Mail address so we can further discuss the modalities of your cooperation and negotiate the charge for your kindly assistance. You were highly recommended and You definitely have a lot to benefit from this transaction as we are prepared to give you 30% of the total funds as soon as you secure it in your Account.

Please, endeavour to give me your telephone/fax number(s)including a bank details for the transfer of the above fund,through which we can communicate with you in confidence (in your response) as the need for strict confidentiality is of essence to this transaction.

Please i want your reply from this email:<>

We await your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,


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