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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: "ajose emeka" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 03:36:11 -0600

Attn: Dear Sir,

I am Barrister Ajose Emaka (ESQ). I am the Personal Attorney to Mohammed
Abacha, the eldest son of the late president of Nigeria,Who was falsely
accused of murder and as such was imprisoned, but thanks to Allah,He have
been released for His innocence.

Well dear friend,I need your assistance in transferring some of His money
into your account, because the government is making plans to seize them, as
they did to my father's own.Currently he is on detention in Germany in
attempt to transfer part of the fund,he has instrusted me to
look for an agent that will assist him to invest the money for him.

Please view these site and read the content carefully to prove my

The amount is $95 million in a Security Company . All that is needed for me
is to instruct the company totransfer the funds to your account,I will
remunerate you with 5% at the end, but most of all is that I solicit your
trust in this transaction. I have been confined only to Kano and
all my calls are monitored. In the event that you are genuinely interested
in the transaction,

the following information would be needed from you to expedite action.
1)Your Full Name and Address that would be used to establish you as the
legal beneficiary of the fund. This wouldensure that the Security and
finacial Company releases the Consignment/Fund to you.

2) Your Private Mobile,Telephone and Fax numbers where you can be reached at
all time by my client because this transaction entails constant
communication.The transaction is 100% risk free as all modalities has been
perfected to ensure the hitch free successof the transaction. If you
areinterested,send the requested information via email that we can

Yours faithfuly

Barrister Ajose emeka (ESQ).

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