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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: Zainab Abdulaziz <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:18:34 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your confirmation


I am aware that my mail will come to you as a surprise but I will most appreciate it if you can handle my proposal with absolute secrecy and urgency.

My name is Miss Zainab Abdulaziz, the daughter of late Alhaji Mustapha Abdulaziz who was a politician before his death. I need your help in securing my heritage which was deposited be my late father in a bank here in Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire.The money was deposited by my late father in a fixed suspense account with an agreement between the bank and him that nobody can withdraw from the money unless it is being transferred to an oversea partner's account in another country. The total amount involve is ( US$6.7 Six million Seven hundred thousand United state Dollars ).

Now, due to my inability to withdraw from this money at will, It is in my desire to get this money transferred and invested wisely to a foreign partner's account. As soon as the money is transferred, I shall then join you in your country and all other arrangement concerning the process of investment can start. I am also willing to offer you some percentage of the total money when the bank have transfers the money successfully into your account.

I have all the proof covering the said inheritance as I am the next of kin to my late father Alhaji Mustapha Abdulaziz. I will give you the required information about the transfer in my next email.

May Allah bless you abundantly

My regards,

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