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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: "Hajia Turai Yar Adua" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:53:38 +0800
Subject: Attention..


My Husband's present health condition has basically give the entire family tremendous insight about
those who are supportive to his government and those who are hypocrites, I never would believe that
you could for any reason ignore and refuse to assist this family with the depressed matter on ground,

I related the matter to you following the recommendation of my husband's view as stated on his record
with full confidence from the heart of the entire family that you will be of unconditional assistance to the
matter for the benefit of both of us

It worries my heart not only that the family could loose our money to the Nigerian Government but that I
have confidently reveal such a secrete attempts of my family to you which could be dangerous to the reputation
of the entire family so the confidentiality of this matter is very important,However, the hope of the family towards
moving treasure from Security Company In Madrid is rest on you for now as you should know that such a
secrete should not be taking to any one we have no record with us and about us, therefore making it very
difficult to be sure for now the possibility of claiming the fund port folio from the security company since I
can not front my self neither any of my family member to handle the claim not even any citizen of the country
no matter how close relationship to avoid scandal.

Therefore I beg your assistance to permit me to include your name in the deposit letter as the beneficiary/recipient
of our Fund Port-folio in Madrid, secondly to help us arrange a trip to Madrid to sign for the take over and release of
the consignment to you as our beneficiary and get the fund into banking system in your name for proper investment
until when this problem will be over, last week because of My Husband prolonged absence in the country as a result of
his medical treatment in Saudi Arabia and his inability to properly transfer power to his deputy had caused a division
among the ministers. Because the ministers were appointees of my husband, they were reluctant to invoke section 144
of the constitution by declaring my husband incapacitated.

Some of the ministers who were loyal to my husband were working to undermine the authority of Acting President and
were also against his transformation to a full president. which lead to the dissolution of the Executive Council of the
Federation (EXCOF) and he also go ahead to remove Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoaaka so
with all this development we are trying to be very careful because right now he want to remove Chairman of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, and if he succeed in doing this that means we are finish

Please indicate your interest in assisting my family on your response so that copy of the deposit letter will be forwarded to
you including the Security Company contact information for immediate action, you are advice to forward your international
passport when replying this message so that i will send it to the security company for official confirmation of your beneficiary
Status ,I will like you to go through what is happening in Nigeria on the internet in goggle and type in President Umaru Musa
Yar’Adua and Acting President Jonathan Goodluck power struggling so that you will understand what we are
going through now


Hajia Turai Yar Adua, First Lady
Federal Republic of Nigeria
You are advice to send your reply to my private domen Email for Urgent Attention

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