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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: "Mrs. Evelyn Usondu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:28:24 +0100
Subject: Please Contact Alhaji Suku Earnest!!!


I am Mrs. Evelyn Usondu. I work with the ministry of finance in the federal republic of Nigeria as a deputy director (administration) but presently on temporarily posting to the PPRA ( a committee set by the government for the management of petroleum pricing in Nigeria and what we call excess crude oil account).

Sir, I am contacting you because of the present decision of the presidency to dissolve this committee following the partial deregulation of the petroleum sector. We are three in this transaction which I have brought before you. In all matters pertaining to this transaction you will be dealing with Alhaji Suku Usman who is a private consultant with this committee. On your reply to this mail, Alhaji will intimate of the modalities for the processing of this transaction I details.

We shall appreciate your assistance assisting us to transfer the sum of USD18.65 million to an account outside the country to be managed by you as the recipient of the transfer. My dear all about this transaction will be done legally but it must be with a corporate concern considering the volume of money. If we have your consent, we shall grant you 20% of the amount on transfer and then agree on areas of investment.

Let me be straight to you sir, we are aware of the numerous scam in the internet world and have decided to finance this transaction. We shall finance all about the fees here but you will only be involve in the payment of the remittance fee when the fund is due for remittance. Alhaji will inform you why this on your reply. Nobody is asking you to spend your money but we need your physical and spiritual involvement. If you can work with us in this transaction then let me have your following information

Your full name

Your full home address or office

Your mobile telephone number and any other telephone

Your company name and address

Your company account.

Please reply urgently by contacting Alhaji Suku Usman as I informed above via this email below;

Contact email: ( )

Please reply urgently.

Mrs. Evelyn Usondu

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