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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: "Mrs Mariam Abacha." <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 13:55:32 +0200
Subject: Reply Asap.

Hello Dear,

It is with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance in the context stated below:My name is Mrs.Mariam Abacha,the wife of Late General Sani Abacha (former Military head of state and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) who died suddenly on 8th June 1998. I got your contact on the internet as I was making contact for a honest foreigner who will help save my life and my children,hence our country has been frustrating us since the death of my husband.

I have lost confidence with anybody within the country. Having noted the confidence reposed on your person I became convinced of your capability and goodwill to assist me in receiving the sum of US$16 Million secretly willed in my favour by the late general (my husband).

This money was kept in a Security Company in DUBAI UAE and I have all documents with me as of when it was deposited in a Security Vault for safe keeping.This money has been defaced for Security reasons and also to avoid it been spent by unauthorized persons.We have been deliberating on how to invest this fund abroad in a confidential manner until we came to a conclusion to use it to buy houses and part of it will be used for non-speculative investments in your country.

However,the former civilian administration of retired General Olusegun Obasanjo(The former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) whose seeking vengeance on the Abacha family because of the life prison jail sentence confirmed on him by my late husband while in office.

Please you can view this site to see things by your self.

In pursuit of this vendetta,the former President Government have resolved to freeze all known assets of General Sani Abacha including properties at home and abroad and are presently embarking on to seize the various bank accounts of my husband in Swizerland,UK,Australia. In fact, the attack on our family (The Abacha's) is so devastated to an extent of seizing our travelling passport,family accounts and even trying some members of our family in court for offences allegedly committed by my late

In view of this grevious threat to our Economic and personal survival,our family trustee have secretly protected the will,The Security Company has called me to do something about claiming this consignment because of the demurrage it is incurring and I told them we would come and claim it very soon. but my son seriously advised me to move the fund into an overseas amount, hence the reason why I have chosen you and hope that you will come to my full assistance and unlimited co-operation.

In the meantime,there is a travelling embargo on us(the whole family members) and our local accounts are seized. We are currently living on goodwill of people who believe we cannot be held responsible for the sins of my late husband.

In view of this plight, I expect you to be trustworthy and kind enough to respond to this distressed call to save me and my children from a hopeless future. And if you agree to help me, we will compensate you sincerely for your candid effort in this regard with 20% of the total amount of $16 Million US Dollars. In that case, when the money ($16 Million) is moved into your discrete account, you will be allowed to withdraw 20% in your favour,while 10% has been set aside for any expenses you might incur (There are demurrage to pay before the consignment is sign and claimed by you.)during the process of securing this consignment.

The remaining 70% will be invested meaningfully for my children's My cousin (Dr ISA AHMED) has perfected arrangements with the Trust Company concerned and has been assured 100% risk free and safe operation.

What I demand from you now is to arrange to visit the Finance Company where this money is being deposited and claim it as the bona-fide owner.And in due course, all contacts must be made through (Dr ISA AHMED) whom is presently staying in Senegal through this E-mail address: ( and phone:+2214661140. I look forward to your quick response while thanking you for your co-operation. In view of all above details, I request you to keep this letter and co-operation highly confidential.

Best wishes,

Mrs Mariam Abacha.

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