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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: "Mariam Abacha" <>
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:26:19 +0000
Subject: CAN YOU DO THIS??

My Dear Friend,

I am Dr. Mrs. Mariam Abacha, wife to the late Nigerian Head of state,
General Sani Abacha who died on the 8th of June 1998 while still on active
service for our Country. I am contacting you with the hope that you will be
of great assistance to me, I currently have within my reach the sum of 24
million U.S dollars cash which I intend to use for investment purposes
outside Nigeria.

This money came as a result of a payback contract deal between my husband
and a Russian firm in our country's multi-billion dollar Ajaokuta steel
plant. The Russian partners returned my husbands share being the above sum
after his death. Presently, the new civilian Government has intensified
their probe into my husbands financial resources which has led to the
freezing of all our accounts, local and foreign, the revoking of all our
business licences and the arrest of my First son. In view of this I acted
very fast to withdraw this money from one of our finance houses before it
was closed down. I have deposited the money in a security company with the
help of very loyal officials of my late husband. No record is known about
this fund by the government because there is no documentation showing that
we received such funds.

Due to the current situation in the country and
government attitude to my family, I cannot make use of this money within,
thus I seek your help in transferring this funds out of the sub-African
region.Bearing in mind that you may assist me, l have decided to part with
20% of the total sum.

Please kindly reply to this e-mail address include your personal
datas,telephone and fax numbers.You can please check all details of all I
have written about on the following websites below:

Your urgent response is needed.

Dr. Mrs. Mariam Abacha


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