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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: "Senator Williams Saraki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:19:26 +0700
Subject: To whom it may concern, you are urgently needed...

Hello Friend,

Complement of day, my name is Senator Williams Saraki also the Chairman on Contract Award Committee of Ministry of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, my committee has mandated me to search for a person to assist us in the transfer of Thirty Five Million United States Dollars ($35,000,000.00MillionUSD). This money came from the Contract awarded to some foreign firms on the turn-around maintainance of Warri and Kaduna refineries respectively which has been duly executed and paid completely but the said amount and balance as said above is the inflated amount on the total fund/payment which is now under our management and we will like to present you as the beneficiary to claim the fund as the real contractor and subsequently we will use the money to invest in your country and further share it between you, me and my colleagues.

Meanwhile, Your participations as will be require in this deal is as stated below:

(1) You are to assist both finacially in the transfer and receiving of the said sum into your account.
(2) You are to advice on lucrative areas of business to invest in your country.
(3) You are to assist us in the purchases of properties in our names.
(4) Arrange citizenship permit in your country for us.

Please if you so wish and decides to render your assistance in this regard then 30percent of the total sum will be offered to you, 10percent for any expenses/miscelenous while me and my colleagues will share the remaining 60percent. Hence hetherto, I will need the following information to process the money to your name as the true beneficiary.

Your Full Names:
Your Contact Address:
Your Personal Telephone Number:
Your Occupation:
Your Age/Sex:
Your passport photograph:

Get back quicly if you are sure and willing as the legitimacy of this transaction has been secure.

Best regards,

Senator Williams Saraki
(Chairman, Contract Award Committee of Ministry of Petroleum Resources)

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