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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: "Gen. Aliyu Mohammed" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:02:56 -0700
Subject: Get back at me


Good day,
I am Lt. Gen.ALIYU MOHAMMED, National Security Adviser to President UMARU
YARADUA, Federal Republic of Nigeria. I decided to contact you because of
the prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of
policy in Nigeria.This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to
you via cash delivery. This system will be easier for you and for us. We are
going to send your contract part payment of US$10. Million to you via
diplomatic courier service.I have secured every needed document to cover the
money.Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are
sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was
brought to us from{United Nation} UN ; it was meant for our Local AFEM
market.But since the money was not used, I will use my position as the
National Security Adviser to the President to send this fund to you.The
boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to
your house address. All you need to do now Is to send to me your full house
address and your identity such as, international passport or drivers license
including your contact phone numbers, The Diplomatic attached will travel
with it. He will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport. I
hope you understand me.I will let you know when the special Grace of God
will airlift the boxes.Note: The diplomatic does not know the original
contents of the boxes. What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive
Photographic Film Material. I did not declare money to them please. If they
call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok,I will
let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the
Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes
to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment.This clearance will make it
pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the
receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you
receive this message.I you need more information about this, i will give you
the contact of the diplomatic agents for more information on how to carry
out the plan.

Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to be as soon as
we hear from you. Reply me immediately you receive this message on:

Best Regards,
Lt. Gen. Aliyu Mohammed
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria


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