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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. Bukola Saraki" <>
Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2015 03:10:10 +0100


A random survey conducted by the United Nations, World Bank Group and Senate
Committee on Scam, Corruption and Necessary Compensation of the Senate of the
National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria confirmed that you are one of
the victims of numerous scams and frauds done by fraudulent Nigerians. Some of
these scammers and frauds claim that they are in United Kingdom, South Africa,
UAE, Switzerland, Germany, Ghana and other countries around the world but the
TRUTH and REALITY is that these scammers and frauds who scammed and defrauded
you are from Nigerian origin and some are here in Nigeria while others are
scattered around the world.

In the time margin of January 2012 till date, the Federal Government of
Nigeria witnessed numerous scams and frauds committed by fraudulent Nigerians
to other citizens of the world. We are pleased to inform you that your name
has been shortlisted as one of the victims of these scams and frauds so we
hereby regret the inconveniences caused to you by these scammers and frauds.
We have decided to compensate you for these scams and frauds ran on you by bad
Nigerians so that you recover from the bad financial position which they must
have put you in. Hence, the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the sum
of US$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
only for you as a compensation of the large amount of money which you lost to
the scammers and frauds.

To make sure that you receive this US$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) only accordingly, I Senator Bukola Saraki, the
Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the person to pay this
money to you. I shall pay this US$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) only to you via ATM Visa Card System in which
I shall process and send you an ATM Visa Card for you to draw your money from
the ATM Machines. To enable me to pay this Compensation to you without any
problem, I request the following information from you:-

1) Your Full Names,
2) Your Secured Delivery Address for Delivery of your ATM Visa Card and
3) Your Direct Telephone Number and Mobile.

Once you receive this message, kindly send to me by a return email the above
mentioned information so that I process and pay this US$4,500,000.00 (Four
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only compensation to you
accordingly. Please reply me immediately you receive this email and give me
the required information so that I proceed URGENTLY and pay this fund to you
once and for all via this ATM Visa Card system.

I am waiting to hear from you immediately you receive this email.

Best regards,

Senator. Bukola Saraki (MON, GCFR).
The Senate President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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