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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "mrsvictoria dokugbo" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 01:17:22 +0000

20 Queen's Drive,
Ikoyi - Lagos.
Introduction: I am Mrs. victoria dokugbo I know this proposal will come to you as a  surprise because we have not met before either physically or through correspondence. I have no doubt in your ability to handle this proposal involving huge sum of money based on your profile through the internet.
The Subject: My husband Chief michael dokugbo (now late)was the royal head of my community, Jesse (an oil richtown) in Nigeria. My late husband's community produces 3.5% of the total crude oil production in Nigeria and 0.5% of the dollar value of each barrel ispaid to my husband as royalty by the FederalGovernment. My husband was also the Chairman of the OMPADEC, Jesse Branch, he made some money, which he left for me and my children as the only thing to inherit. The money is sixteen Million United State Dollars (US$16,000,000.00). Though this said fund accumulated between the periods 1980 - 1998. Due to poor banking system in Nigeria and political instability
as a result of past military rules (1985 -1999), he desposited this money in a strong room/safe with an open beneficiary in Apex Bank of Nigeria pending when he would finish arrangement to transfer it abroad as CONTRACT PAYMENT. He was planning this when he died last year of Heart Attack. Since the death of my husband my health deteroiated considerably.
The Proposal: Just before my husband died he called my attention to the money and charged me to look for a foreigner who would assist me in the transfer/investment of the funds abroad. So I would be very grateful if you could acept to help me achieve this great objective. I promise to give you 20% of the total funds transferred to your vital bank account as compensation for your assistance. Five percent (5%) would be set aside to take care of all expenses we may incure during the fransaction. To indicate your interest, contact me urgently and confidentially for more information and the roles you will play in this business. All legal information concerning this money will be sent to you as soon as we agree to work together.
If this proposal satisfies you, please provide me immediately with your full  names, telephone and fax numbes to enable my late husband attorney  barrister Anthony Peters contact you. He shall handle this transaction from beginning to the end on behalf of the family. Alternatively you can contact him on this e-mail - Ask him for the code and he shall respond "TRUST" before discussion. Just to be sure that you are  peaking to him. If he does not tell you "TRUST" disconnect the line and try again.
Yours faithfully,
mrsvictoria dokugbo

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