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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: "MR. ANDREW AZAZI" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:00:59 +0300 (EEST)


I am Mr. Andrew Azazi of the Nigeria Clearing House. I decided to contact
you because of the prevailing financial report reaching my office and the
intense nature of polity in Nigeria: Reply to my private email:

This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash
delivery system.This system will be easier for you and for us. We are going
to send your payment of ($14.8Million United States Dollars) to you through
diplomatic shipment with the services of a diplomat,I have secured every
needed document to cover this fund.

Note: This fund is coming in security proof boxes which are sealed with
Synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. I will use my position to
release this fund to you. The boxes are coming with a Courier agent who
will deliver them to you at your home address in your country.

All you need to do now is to send to me:

1. Your Name in full.
2. Your Address.....
3. Nationality.............
4. Age/Gender.............
5. Occupation.............
6. Telephone/Mobile Phone.
7. Any of your....... ....
8.Fax Number............

Note: The Agent does not know the contents in these boxes, the content will
be declared to him as Sensitive Photographic Film Materials.

I will secure the clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes
which I will dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the
consignments to enable you access them as soon as they are delivered to

Best Regards,
Mr. Andrew Azazi

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