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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: "Idris Toje" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:38:29 +0100

*From Dr.Idris Toje
Executive Director (RTD)


*I regret any inconvenience i may have caused you over the time and beg to
pry into your privacy without prior notice,this is not to test or tempt your
mentality neither is it a bait to lure you into scam or any illicit
transaction that will cost you money again or make you loose your respect
among your contemporaries as i still believe in your
honestly,sincerity,kindness and regard for human being irrespective of race
or color,i equally know that you will receive this as a big surprise and
maybe the most unexpected things that is happening to you,it is also obvious
that you may have forgotten me but such is the way of life as hope cometh
when all hopes seems to have been lost,I am Dr.Idris Toje and i contacted
you long time ago via my agents while i was still serving as the Executive
Director of CBN in the capacity of a Remittance Director for the purpose of
helping by providing your account for the transfer of a huge amount of money
to you as a next of kin beneficiary to a deseased contractor to the federal
government of Nigeria whose fund was due for transfer by the time of his
demise and there was no available apparent heir to his claim hence i
contacted to make representation to his claim and have the fund wired into
your account with my assistance in providing all the relevant documents that
covers you as the true beneficiary which we agreed on a certain % sharing.I
take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction was successful
afterall with the assistance of another partner who took over as a result of
your inability then to come up with the big sum required to conclude the
transfer due to your unprecedented financial predicament then as you told
As a human being with conscience and fear of God, i deem it right to
remember you and reward you for your past deeds to make it a reality and
especially your encouragement,honesty,sincerity and courage in dealing with
a total stranger via the was never easy at all.
As th saying goes,human wants are truly insatiable.Be that as it may,the
road to making riches can never be closed by anyone,it could be you or
someone else tomorrow who may seek for assistance from a total
stranger,Meanwhile,I must inform you that, i have been in Europe for
numerous business negotiations and investments with the new partner.
I know this may sound too good to be truth but since no one man can ever
have all that life demands all to himsel and no amount of wealth can ever be
enough,i therefore deem it right for your kindness and humility in believing
and accepting to assist a total stranger to recompensate you for the
inconvenience,struggles and hardship i may have put you through in the
course while working with you to have the fund transfered out via your
account.Please accept my humble andfrom the heart gift of $2.1m (two million
one hundred united states dollars) only out of the total $22.3musd
transfered.And forgive me for keeping out of touch with you all the
while,words cannot adequately express how i feel then and what i went
through to convince the new Israeli Partner who assisted as your partner in
seeing the transfer through.I almost lost your contact.*

*To make it easier for you and ensure that you did not have any difficulty
in receiving the money or spend any before receiving it,i didarrange and
conclude with the paying bank to issue a certified bank draft to you in the
tune ($2.1m) reserved for you or programme an atm visa card for you and load
it with the money,so,you have the right to choose from any of the tweo
options that is most convenient to you to receive the money.I also insructed
and directed my secretary to mediate between you and the bank in your absent
in ensuring that everything went as agreed in my absent,you should contact
my secretary with his information as below;*

*Name:Michael Hans
E-mail <>
Direct Contact Telephone Number;+234-802-272-3216*

*And let him know that i directed you to him for the purpose of the
fund,though,he is aware as i already instructed him but you must reconfirm
to him,your current personal data for easy identification which he will use
to process the payment inyour favour otherwise he may not talk or respond
back to you if you dont introduce yourself,this is for security reasons.
He will give further details

Thank you for your understanding,prolonged patience and cooperation.
Best wishes in all your endeavours in life.
With Best regards,
Dr.Idris Toje.*

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