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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: "Abacha." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:41 -1100
Subject: Dear Friend

Attention: Friend

I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha former Nigerian Military Head of State who died

mysteriously as a result of Cardiac Arrest.

Since after my husband?s death, my family is under restriction of movement and that notwithstanding, we are being molesting;

policing and our Bank Account both here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigerian Civilian Government. Furthermore, my

elder son is in detention by the Nigerian Government for more interrogation about my husband?s assets and some vital


Following the recent discovery of my husband?s Bank Account by the Nigerians Government with Swiss Bank and which the huge

sum of US$700 Million and Dutch 450 million was logged. I therefore decided to contact you in confidence that I was able to

move out the sum of US$62.5 Million Dollars, into a bank in Europe. I personally therefore appeal to you seriously and

religiously for your urgent assistant to move this money into your country where I believe it will be safe and be used for

charity work since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction movement imposed on the members of my family by the

Nigerian Government.

Once you indicate your interest to assist me in this transaction I will give you my family Lawyer contact phone and fax

numbers with the Chambers address who will arrange with you for face to face meeting outside Nigerian in order to liaise

with you toward effective completion of this transaction for charity work since my movement is restricted and my telephone

conversation is being monitored. However, you will be required to claim/receive this fund on my behalf from the Bank in

Europe where this fund is deposited. Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum, while 70% is to be held

on trust by you for charity work in your country or in any country of your choice.

Please, reply urgently and treat with absolute confidentiality and sincerity. For further information and enquiries, get

back to me so that I will direct you to my family lawyer.

Best regards,
Mrs. Mariam Abacha.

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