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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: Igbanude Saden <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 22:57:41 -0700 (PDT)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Hello, I deem it a respect and honor as well as privilege to write you, on my deep conviction about you,after my diligent search for a honest and trustworthy someone who will assist me,of which I have chosen you to assist me for the transfer of an inheritance,which I inherited from my late father that was poisoned to death by his relatives associates out of enviness. My name is Prince IGBANUDE SADEN,I am 21yrs old,a native of Sierra-Leone in West African region in the local districk of Konobo and am the only child of late Chief Lansan saden,my late father is a Diamond Officer in the Republic of Sierra-Leone.But before his death in a private hospital here in Ghana where he was brought for us to fly overseas for his medical care before he suddenly died, he told me of a Box contain money which he deposited as family treasure(Inside the box is Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)of which the Authority do not know what is inside the box, he had with a Security Company here in Ghana,which he made me the next of kin because my mother died when I was two yrs old. I have met the Security Company manager and declared to him my intention to transfer this Box out of Africa,as advised me by my father for my security and of the money,which I want to, further my education overseas and for investment purposes,and he is asking me for my guardian,in order to terminate the Fixed investment and release of the Box,as signed in the Agreement Bond with the Security Authority, in case of sudden death.,which I need your assistance to present you to the Security as my guardian for the transfer of this Box to your country for a good and conformable life in your country after my education. Please remember the confidentiality and urgency my mail required for my security while I expect to read from you to my private Alternative e-mail ( Thanks and remain blessed. Prince IGBANUDE SADEN

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