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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: "LT.GEN ALIYU MOHAMMED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:03:35 -0700



I am Lt. Gen.Aliyu Mohammed, National Security Adviser to President Umar Yar'Adua of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I decided to contact you because of the Prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of the policy in Nigeria.
This is to inform you about my plan to send your funds to you via cash delivery. This system will be easier for you in order to receive your over due funds. As the National Security Officer to the Presidency, It was brought to my notice that your over due beneficiary funds, has been delayed for more than Five months before I resumed office, and I am here to put things right.

According to your file, it's states that your total beneficiary funds is amounted to be TEN MILLION United States Dollars only, and due to the fact that you were unable to procure the required documents in order to process the transfer, your funds was delayed. Dear beneficiary, I am bringing to your notice that, I am in the position to release a part-payment of your total funds, which amounts to a sum of US$5.M USD and this Money will be coming through 2 security proof boxes.

On a second note, you will have to take care of the delivery charges of ($750usd) as the owner of the 2 Consignment boxes in order to prove to the appropriate authorities that you are the original owner of the Trunk Boxes. Note that your name must appear on the payment receipt that will be issued by the diplomatic courier. The boxes will be coming with a Diplomatic agent who that will accompany the boxes to your designated house address. The Diplomatic Attached will travel with it. They will call you immediately they arrive your country's airport. I hope you understand me.. I will let you know when the special Grace of God will air lift the boxes.
All you need to do now is to send to me your.

1. Your Complete Full Names:
2. Your Residential Address:
3. Your:
4. Your Profession:
5. Your Telephone Number or Your Mobile Phone Number for Easier Communication:

Also I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a Diplomatic Consignment. This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this message .If you need more information about this, I will give you the contact of the diplomatic agents for more information on how to carry out the plan.

Upon the receipt of your response, I shall forward to you Via Email, A Video Clip of how the said funds where been arranged into the Consignment Boxes, also i will send a Scanned Copy of my International Passport to prove my Sincerity and honest in regards to this transaction.
I need an urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to leave as soon as I hear from you.

Reply me immediately you receive this message.

Best Regards,

Lt. Gen.Aliyu Mohammed.

National Security Adviser to the President

Federal Republic of Nigeria.


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