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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: "Thiam Tidjane:Chief F. Officer" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:16:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Who is Mr Sam Edem to you? well, I have been to your Country's Embassy Week because of this.

Atten Sir:
In view of the message I earlier forwarded to you last Week before Traveling down to this Country, be informed that I have arrived and have discussed the issue with the present NDDC Managing Director.
More so, I was at your Country's Ambassador on Monday and discussed it with your Country Ambassador here. 
There is the need I hear directly from you, so as to know if you are conversant of the fact that your name and full contact information was used as One of the Foreign Contractors that Executed Contract with the Niger Delta Development Commission {NDDC} as at the Year 2007 in Nigeria.
Like I said Prudential Bank Plc London was and still the assigned/designated Foreign Payment Bank of the NDDC Foreign Contractors that carried out One form of Contract or the other with the NDDC in the Year 2007.
In view of the aforementioned Contract and the Twenty Five Million United State Dollars {$25M} Fund's payment as contained therein in the said Contract, I have repeatedly wrote to you that, the former Chairman of the NDDC Mr. Sam Edem {Retired}, personally came to My Office on December 16th 2008 and confided in me that he made the Submission of your Company and the Company's Full Contact Data's as the Company that executed a special Project in his Office in the Year 2007, when he was the NDDC Chairman.
When I vigorously questioned him, he clearly elaborated how everything was well arranged and Legally made using your name and full information and that the situation at hand then poised he must used a known Foreign person/Company, so he searched and used your full data's as his Foreign Counterpart Company due to exigency situation he found himself as at then. He attested that you have nothing to worry about this since everything is verifiable and ascertainable to legal.
I did traveled down From Britain to this Country and to your Country's Embassy for the verification and duly clarification as applicable by the British Monetary Law.
Who is Mr. Sam Edem to you, are you aware that your name and your contact information was used as One of the Foreign Contractors that Executed Contract with the Niger Delta Development Commission {NDDC} as at the Year 2007 in Nigeria?
As discussed with your Embassy this Week, which I envisaged that they might have communicated to you, have you received from your Country's Embassy in view?
There is the urgent need I here from you before My next agreed schedule date of meeting with your Country's Ambassador.
Your Truly,
Tidjane Thiam.
Chief Financial Officer.
Prudential Bank Plc London.
Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R OHH. {Restricted for Security reasons until I hear from you}.

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