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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: =?utf-8?q?John=20Nwaka?= <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:22:24 +0530 (IST)

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

- Dear Friend,I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay who is an international businessman.Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Now contact my Friend, Mr.edwin odili, who is a diplomat and I have instructed him to fly to America to give you your own share of US4.5Million, his contact is:Name: Mr edwin odiliEmail:, I have provided his Air Ticket and promised to compensate him for his assistance after delivering consignment to you. Therefore send to him your contact address where he will meet you immediately he arrive to deliver the USD$4.5M which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with the Diplomat Mr. edwin odili, and advice him where to meet with you once he arrive United State.Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects, which the new partner and me are having at hand.Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the Diplomat to deliver the cash to you only to avoid impostor, so feel free to get in touch with Mr.edwin odili, and he will fly to meet you without any delay. Please, bear in mind that I have assured him that you will take good care of everything in United State when he arrived, so when he arrived make sure you give to him all the assistance over to avoid him getting stranded as I have only provided his air ticket. I will give to you the key code to open the consignment as soon as he is with you to avoid any alteration of content.With best regardsjohn nwaka

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