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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: "hajia mariam" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 01:25:23 +0100
Subject: Kindly Assist My Family.


I am Hajia Mariam Abacha the wife of former Nigeria Military ruler General
Sani Abacha who died on june 8,1998 as a result of Cardiac arrest. I got
your contact from an inquiry i made,where a reliable and dependable
recommendation of your good self was introduced to me. Based on this,I
write you to assist me in this transaction. Following the house arrest order
clamped on me, the detention and arrest of my first son Mohammed, the
freezing of all our off shore account and restricted from travelling abroad
by the present Government. It is against this backdrop that we decided to
search for a trustworthy person abroad who can help us receive and manage
these funds until we are free to travel out of the country.
I seek for your assistance as discussed with my son and lawyer in this
transaction. This money came as a result of a contract deal between my late
husband and a Russian firm in our country's multi-billion dollars Ajaokuta
steel plant. The Russian partners returned my late husband's share of
52,300.000.00 USD during the burial arrangments of my late husband and
lodged it in one of my father's bank account. After the burial of my late
husband i sensed out that the government wants to probe into my late
husband's accounts and financial resources, I quickly withdraw the
52,300.000.00 USD from my husband's bank account . We have a total sum of
which we will like to use and buy an Estate in your country where we will
live when we are freed by our Government and to invest offshore to uplift
our livelihood.
This said amount was secretly SEALED IN a METAL TRUNK BOXES and deposited
with a diplomatic security company as FAMILY VALUABLES AND PERSONAL ITEMS.
This was done in order to beat security even customs. This money was found
in my husband's secret vault and deposited with a security company and with
the help of a diplomatic security company, inorder to secure the funds as
our Government searchlight is still on. Please if you can assist us claim
this consignment and assist us in the area of investment, kindly contact me
on my e-mail below for security reasons and confidentiality purpose so that
the necesary documentations will be prepared in your name and sent to you to
enable you claim the consignment as the beneficiary.
The certificate of deposit will also be sent to you. Conclusively, we have
jointly agreed to give you 30% of the total sum,70% will be for our own
project. Please send all response to my private e-mail address: Tu ID de
Looking forward to your quick response.
Allah Ahfiz.

Best regards,

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