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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: lamido sanusi <>
Reply-To: lamido sanusi <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:49:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks For your Past Efforts Your Compensation Ready

Dear  Friend,

Thanks For your Past Efforts Your Compensation Ready

Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that money   under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay; Presently I'm in france  with the partners for some new projects with the

Contact Reverend Lagos state, federal Republic of Nigeria, because I have left the instruction with him on your behalf and instructed him where to send the $5,000,000.00. without any further delay for your compensation.

Name:Rev Fr. Pedro Agboli
Address:St Jude Catholic Church Oshodi Lagos state

Remember that the $5,000,000.00. Is in draft, not cash, so you need to send to him your full Information where the draft/check will be posted/delivered. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much so feel free to get in touched with him.

As at the time I was leaving Nigeria he was the only one I could trust with that kind of money,he is a very simple and understanding person with a good reputation.His name is Rev.Father Pedro Agboli. Email:(


(1) Your Full Name:  
(2) Your House Address:
(3) Telephone  
(4) Occupation:   
(5)Drivers License copy of Id:

So feel free to get in touch with him and discuss with him on how the amount will reach you. Please do let me know immediately you contact him to receive it, so that  we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time.

As at the moment, I am very busy here because of the projects which I and the new partner have at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the Reverend on your behalf to receive that money, so you have to get in touch with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Here is the email address again(

Best Regards,

Dr Lamido Sanusi Lamido

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