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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: " Barrister Abdulai Taiwo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:37:36 -0000

Dear Friend,

I am Barrister Abdulai Taiwo, lawyer to the ex-governor of delta state of Nigeria.

I will advise you go through the website below to enable you have an insight on what I intended sharing with you, which I am confident you can handle if we are able to come to an agreement.

It is regarding the sum of $25.5 million dollars that i deposited on behalf of my client, Ex-governor James Ibori, I made most of the deposit before he was apprehended.

Kindly respond back to me after visiting the above website to enable us discuss further about the transaction.

Please send your response to my private email account:

Abdulai Taiwo

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