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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: "Mr Henry Carr" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:30:42 -0800
Subject: My Good Friend

I am Mr. Henry Carr a senior staff with the central bank of Nigeria (CBN).I am the chief security officer (cso) of our bank, I have arranged with an officer in the computer section of our bank, engineer chukka iloh to bring out part of your total contract sum amounting to (usd$5m) five million us dollars. as i found out that you have almost met all the statutory requirements of the cbn in respect of your contract payment, but your problem is that of interest groups. note; a lot of people are interested in your payment and those people are merely doing paper work with you and that explains why you receive emails and phone messages from different people everyday. also we found out that some of the officials of various prostates have been extorting a lot of money from you in the pretext of helping you receive your money, i can assure you that this may last for years yet nothing would happen if you do not do away with those officers that you call your partners.

I am willing to help you get your money but please for security reasons do not tell anybody that you are about to receive your money until you receive your fund at your doorstep. the money is in two security-proof boxes weighing 10kg each, that is 20kg for the two boxes,
to this effect, you will send us a promissory note for 10% of the total fund which is usd$500,000.00 along with your receiving address for sending the boxes by courier. please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of problems if found out that we are using this way to help you. you are advised to re-confirm the under listed information’s so that the consignment can be delivered to you.

your full name:
private telephone number:
choice of address {where you wish the consignment to be delivered}:

Noet:Please reply on this my private
god is with us as we wait for your reply.
yours faithfully,

Mr.Henry carr

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