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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 Yara'dua" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:58:23 +0100

I am Hajia Turai, The wife of former president Umaru Musa Yar-adua who died and was buried according to Islamic law on 5th of May 2010 after a long protracted illness. I have contacted you to assist me secure the sum of Twenty Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($28,500,000) which he deposited with a commercial bank in Oversea before he died on the above date mentioned.

However, I want this transaction to be a secret between you and I, so that the Federal Government of Nigeria my country or any of the family member know about it, as a matter of fact I must to tell you that all the vital information's of the bank where the fund was deposited, will be giving to you by me, I will urgently need your advice on investment options where we can invest this money in your country. Our sharing term and condition shall be discuses as soon as I hear from you.

Finally, I would want you to forward to me the below information's.

1) Your Full Name
2) Your Contact Address and Cell Phone Number.

I looking forward to hearing from you.

Remain Bless.
Hajia Turai Yara'dua

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