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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Hon. Ndudi Elumelu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 01:23:09 +0100
Subject: Confirm This

From: Hon. Ndudi Elumelu
Chairman, Seven (7) Man Presidential Panel/Public Debt Committee On Contract Executed in
Power Sector Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
First of all i will like to introduce myself, my name is Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, i am the chairman of Seven (7) Man Presidential Panel, Debt Committee On Contract Executed in Power Sector. This panel was set up and empowered by three factors: The former President Of Nigeria, Mallam Musa Yar'Adua, Members of G-34 and the Honorable Members of the Judicial Panel, to review and subsequently recommendation given on all duly executed contracts awarded to "Foreign & Local Contractors" during the last Govt. of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, we discovered an over-invoiced contract sum to the tune of One Hundred Million United States Dollars . We further traced the origin of this sum and thus, found out that it was deliberately over-invoiced by the then "Contract Awarding Committee" before they were dissolved.
As it stands now, we are very confident that the Government has no knowledge of this sum; neither does the dissolved committee have access to the said sum again. We still have almost one year to conclude duty and it is only then that we shall give official reports and probably refer this over-invoiced contract sum back to the Federal Government's purse. It is in the light of this that my colleagues and myself decided to confidently contact you urgently so that we could perfectly present you or your company as! one of the "Foreign Contractors" that executed a contract for the Nigerian Government, and we shall recommend only 15 Million United States Dollars  to be processed and transfered into your account.
Thereafter, we shall refer back to the Government's purse the balance of EIGTHY FIVE Million Dollars. We have carefully worked out the strategies to secure all the necessary DOCUMENTS in your name and there is no room for failure, because we are still at the head of Contract Review And Payments Recommendation, and it is only our reports that counts.If we have understood ourselves and believed with trust that we could do this DEAL together and move this sum of Fifteen Million Dollars  TO YOU, then forward to me urgently the following;
1. Your full names
2. Your confidential address
3. Your direct Telephone and fax numbers.
We shall further discuss and agree on the percentage sharing as soon as we hear from you affirmatively.
Note: that we have closed every track that might lead to any trace of this fund.
From: Hon. Ndudi Elumelu
Chairman, Seven (7) Man Presidential Panel/Public Debt Committee On Contract Executed in
Power Sector Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
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