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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: Roland Ejiro <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:43:51 +0800
Subject: GOOD DAY!!

Dear Sir,

This is to seek for your assistance and i need it urgently, I am a personal
assistance to a serving Governor who's name i will disclose to you as we

He has the sum of US$18.2 Million conceal as family effect in a consignment
which we would want you to receive from a private security firm,They do not
the contents of the consignment as it was deposited by the Governor as family

As we progress upon acceptance to assist in receiving the consignment (Funds) i
will furnish you with the code to the boxes after receiving the funds we would
then discuss on how best to invest the funds in a joint investment until his
terms expired as governor.

You will be compensated with 10% of the total funds as there is no risk as we
believe you would be able to direct us where to invest, you are to send to me
your full name,contact address phone and fax number including any form or

I humbly wait for your response, you can reach me on this private telephone
number for more explanation + 234 702 543 4846

Yours Sincerely,
Roland Ejiro

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