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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: Fri, 25 May 2012 15:37:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Important Message from Mr.Sunday Afolabi

Important Message from Mr.Sunday Afolabi

Hello Friend

I am Mr. Sunday Afolabi A top Government Official here in Nigeria. I want your

assistance to front you as owner of this (us$10,000,000.00) to facilitate the

release which came as a result of over-invoiced proceeds from completed contract

from 2010-2011 here in Nigeria.

If you accept to work with me on this, I will present your Name and informations as the Contractor who executed the contract and yet to be paid fully. Bear In mind that I confide in you that's why I have contacted you to help me out on this because it is for our own mutual benefit.

Your percentage for your assistance is 30% of the total fund if you are interested.

Thank you.

Mr.Sunday Afolabi


Note: this message is strictly for the addressed email bearer. If you have

received in error kindly delete immediately and disgard. I thank you for your


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