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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: frank luga <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 16:30:36 +0000

OFFICE OF THE ACCOUNTANTCOSTA DIAMOND FINANCE,LAGOS-NIGERIA.Cell: +234-80-33504888 Dear Friend, I am Mr.FRANK LUGA,the chief accountant of COSTADIAMONDS FINANCE FIRM Of LAGOS-NIGERIA (CDF).There is an online account opened in this FINANCE in 1999 and since date nobody has operated this online account.After going through some old files in the records,I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is Dr Sayeed Abdul,an iraqi foreigner and a Miner at Kruger Gold Company in iraqi.From the information's i received Surrounding his untimely death was that He Was Incarcerated and beaten to death by the then Former President of Iraqi Late Saddam Hussein because he was against his Government. As i write you this mail no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it,since it was a personal account,the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his Company does not know anything about this account and the money involved is Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars (US$25 Million).

You are the only person that I have contacted in this Business and please let it remain between both of us,even if we work or do not work out the business together. Meanwhile,I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with a foreign account as a beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account,which I will give to you as soon as you indicate your sincerity to co-operate with me,and capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust,according to my instruction and advice,for our mutualbenefit because this opportunity may never come again in my life. I need a truthful and God fearing person in this Business because I don't want to make a mistake so I need your strong assurance and trust. With my position in the office I don't want anything that will jeopardize my job so I advice that we should make secrecy and confidentiality our primary working condition,bearing in mind that I am a public servant. I will also use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms from the ministries and foreign exchange department.40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner,while the balance of 60% will be for me.
You can get back to me on this email address:, I look forward to your earliest reply. Yours sincerely, Mr.FRANK LUGA
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