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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:

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:49:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: family request for you assistance


I am delighted to mail you on a very confidential matter and i do hope you will handle this with the much anticipated maturity and confidentiality that the subject deserves.

My names are, Hajiya Turai Yar Adua and i am the first lady and the wife of the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

If you have been following the news of my country, you must have known that my husband has been sick over time that opositions have pushed the senate to empower the vice president as the acting president of my country at the moment. With the preasure still on, i do not know where this will end.

Because of the uncertainty sourrounding the leadership of my sick husband, i have decided to shift our belongings out of the presidential villa bit by bit. Presently, i have the intention of working with you on settling the sum of us$25m in a foriegn account.

The fund in question has been peacefully and carefully moved out of nigeria and it is presently in a safe place in Europe. I will need you to stand for me as partner in recieving the said amount which i have decided to use for investments either in your country or anyother country you may consider safe for investments.

If you will be interested to work with me, i will link you up to my family lawyer in london who will discuss this transaction in details with you.

I am assuring you that everything about this fund is protected and has no risk attached but all i will need from you is confidentiality.

I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.


Hajiya Turai Yar Adua

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