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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: "Dr Usman Hassan" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:02:24 -0600

Firstly, i must solicit your confidence towards this transaction.As the
director finanacial sector survilliance with the ministry of
finanace,federal republic of Nigeria,some amount of money acrued to me
totalling fifteen million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars

This money acrued to me from commissions offered to me by foreign
contractors,over invoice of ministries budget,levies from importers at the
sea ports. I got your contact while going through a directory in your
embassy in my country.And with the little profile disclose about you in the
directory i strongly believe that you are capable of this transaction.
Futhermore,this fund is legitimate and as soon as i get a designated bank
account from you where you want this money to be transfered into,all the
legitimate documents showing the origin and source of money will be procured

by the help of a HIRED attorney.

In addition,you should bear in mind that this transaction is 100% RISK
FREE and i plead with you on one thing to keep this information secret
whether you are going to assist me or not. Finally i have concluded it that
out of the total money30% will be for you,55%will for me while 15% will be
set aside for any unforseen expences that we may incure on the process of
the transfer. N/B:As soon as a comfortable bank account is been provided
by you,this transfer will take just fourtheen (14)bank working days.

In your reply,kindly forward me with your

(1) Your telephone and fax number for faster communication.

Waiting for your prompt response.

Your Faithfully,
Dr Usman Hassan.

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