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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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Fraud email example:

From: "H. E.Sudirman Haseng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:57:15 -0400
Subject: Dear Indonesian Citizen...

From:H. E. Sudirman Hasengn
Position: Ambassador
Indonesia Embassy/High Commission/Consulate For Nigeria
Office : Embassy
Street Address : 4, Salt Lake street, Off Gana Street, Maitama
City : Abuja FCT
State : Abuja
Country :Nigeria
Email:(Office) :
Email:( Private):

Dear Indonesian Citizen,

It is my humbly pleasure to inform you that your transfer problem has taken a u-turn in your favour. We the members of the Indonesia Embassy/High Commission/Consulate For Nigeria have been informed of your predicament by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director Mr. John Lipsky who is now in Nigeria and I the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, have personally met with President Goodluck Jonathan the Emir of Kano, the Finance Minister of Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria Foreign Financial Director ( Ahjaji Tukur Ahmad) regarding your case.

Please take note that I am not supposed to write to you directly about this but after considering all that you have passed through in the hands of the criminals as explained by Mr. John Lipsky, I want to make sure you don't fall victim of any kind again so I talked to President Goodluck Jonathan and he immediately endorsed the release of payment of $8.9M to you by Cash which must be delivered to you by myself.

Right now, I have concluded every arrangement to come to Indonesia on Thursday next week with your fund Cash as approved by President Goodluck Jonathan, the emir of Kano and the Senate. After that, What you are required to do now, is to come to Nigeria so that you can endorse all the necessary fund documents to prove that this money has been paid to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria. But if you cannot come, the Indonesian accredited attorney can help you but you must pay for his services and the procurement of some missing documents in your payment file which shall enable me make delivery of the fund to you without any hitch.

I shall be coming to Indonesia on Thursday with your fund so get prepared to meet with me at the airport because I have no time.

(1) my meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan
(2) My meeting with the emire of Kano and cabinets
(3) My meeting with Ahjaji Tukur Ahmad



H. E.Sudirman Haseng,
Indonesian Ambassador To Nigeria.

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