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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: "Dr.Mohammed Jika" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:01:03 -0000
Subject: From.Dr.Mohammed Jika


I am Dr.Mohammed Jika, the director project unit,of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC)of Nigeria. We have a floating sum of U.S$30.5M,
(Thirty million, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) as an over
invoiced of supply of 2007 electoral material. Now, I am seeking for your
permission to have this money transferred to your account as a contract
payment. My dear, all documents will be processed legally upon your

If willing, send us your full name, current telephone, fax numbers, account
details and your address to enable us apply for the necessary approval for
this payment. I will give you more details in the next communication.

Best regards,

Dr.Mohammed Jika

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