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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: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 17:54:19 -0900
Subject: GOOD DAY SIR.

Dear friend,
I am Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, the son of the late Nigerian Head of State who
died on the 8th of June1998 while in active services.Following the sudden
death of my father, General Sani
Abacha, the present Civilian Government has thrown my family and I into a
state of utter confusion,frustration,and hopelessness.
I have been subjected to inhuman physical and physiological
torture,incarceration by the security Agents in my country. Iwas only
recently released from detention after been arraigned before the Federal
High Court of Nigeria for an offence committed by my late father.
The incumbent civilian administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has
intensified his probe into my late father\'s activities while in the office
and he has frozen all our local and foreign accounts together with other
assets of my family as a retaliation for what my late father did to him when
he was alive as the Head of the Military regime in Nigeria.

As a matter of fact, we have been declared bankrupt and they are not
relenting to make us poor for life. As a man that is so traumatized, I have
lost confidence with anybody within my country as all those who benefited
immensely during the regime of my late father have openly abandoned all my
I got your contacts through my personal research and out of desperation
decided to reach you through this medium. You must have heard over the media
reports and the Internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money
deposited by my late father in different Banks and security firms abroad.
Some of these banks and security firms willingly gave-up/divulge their
banking secrets and disclosed to the present civilian administration of
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, all my family's cash lodgement and monetary
transactions with them.
Please my dear, I repose great confidence in you and I hope you will not
betray my confidence in you.I have secretly deposited the sum of
$45,700,000.00 with a security firm whose name is withheld for now until we
open communications. The money is contained in a metal box consignment with
Security Deposit Number.
I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your Bank account
for safekeeping. This
arrangement is known to you, my junior brother (Abbas) and my lawyer only.
So I will deal directly with you. I am proposing a 20% share of the fund to
you for your kind assistance. I shall provide for you all the documents of
the fund deposit with the security firm, and raise a power of attorney to
enable you claim and receive this fund into your bank account.
Also this transaction demands absolute confidentiality. On no condition must
you disclose it
to anybody irrespective of your relation with the person. Remember, Loose
lips sinks ship
I am looking forward to your urgent.
Best regards
I am looking forward to your urgent and positive response via my email
Alhaji Mohammed Abacha.

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