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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: " patrick lazarus" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:39:02 -0800
Subject: Respectfully,


My name is Hon. Bruno Sekibo, a Nigerian Civil Servant under the
Ministry of Petroleum. I seek your partnership and assistance for the
Investment of US$27.6million in your country. The fund was originated
from an oil deal involving 4 of my colleagues and myself late last

As Government workers still in office, we are prohibited from getting
involved in foreign transactions as huge as this, that's why I have
contacted you to oversea this transaction. The said fund is presently
secured in a neighboring country Ghana and needs to be transferred
ASAP to avoid diversion.

You stand in for 30% of the total fund at the end of this transaction and
you will also be in charge of whatever the fund will be invested in over
there in your country. I await your urgent response for further details.

patrick lazarus

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