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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: Alhaji Garuba <>
Reply-To: Alhaji Garuba <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:52:50 +0000 (UTC)

My Dear Friend ,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the compensation of a new partner from Japan. Presently I'm in Japan for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow.
Now contact my secretary in Nigeria his name is CHIZOBA GODWIN,his email;( ask him to send you the total $10.8M(TEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS)in ATM MASTER CARD which
i raised in your favor for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.i appreciated your efforts at that time very feel free and get in touched with my secretary GEROGE WINDY and give him your address where to send the ATM MASTER CARD to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferer at that the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand,finally,remember that i had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with GEROGE WINDY without any delay.
best regards,


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