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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: "National Assembly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:21:15 -0400
Subject: Who is Mrs. Sarah McDaniel to you?

The House of Representative
National Assembly Complex
3 Arms Zones
P.M.B 241 Abuja FCT

Attention!! Attention!!

This is to bring to your notice that our office in collaboration with the US Department of States on the fight against scam, fraud and terrorism, we have carried an investigation that proof you as a beneficiary of $2.5millionusd being a willed inheritance contract payment from late Mr. Mark Wilson who was a contractor with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and in our investigation result, you are truly the next of kin and beneficiary of the said payment but we are having a counter claim from one Mrs. Sarah McDaniel from New York City of United States of America who is claiming you are incapacitated due to a fatal accident that has permanently disfigured you and that on your sick bed you have authorized her to make this claim to herself and as a proof for our perusal she has ask us to visit the website below which shows series of accident cars where you are involved in one of them, please see the website and confirm if you are actually involved in any of the accident cars.


But if you are not involved in any of these accident cars then confirm immediately as the payment has been approved and authorized for release/transfer to either you or to Mrs. Sarah McDaniel if you confirm she should be paid the money, so in anticipation in hearing very soon from you, ensure to reconfirm your contact address as stated below.

Your full name:
Residential/contact address:
Direct phone no:

Yours faithfully,

Hon. Dakuku A. Peterside.
Chairman, Contract Award Committee on Petroleum Resources (Down Stream Sector)
Tel: +234 802 387 1866. (Do feel free to call me)

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