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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: " Dr Zulu Aganga " <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:50:38 +0100

Good day,

sometimes I do wonder if you are really, really with yourself. How could you keep trusting people and at the end you will lose your hard earned money, or are you being deceived by their big names? They impersonate on many offices, claiming to be Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one Office or the other.

Their game plan is only just to extort your hard earned money. Now, the question is how long will you continue to be deceived? Sometimes, they will issue you fake check, fake ATM card, introduce you to fake diplomatic deliveryman-existing on-line banking and they will also fake wire transfer of your fund with Payment Stop Order.

Anyways, by the virtue of my position, I have been following this transaction from inception and all your efforts towards realizing the fund. More often than not, I sit down and laugh at your ignorance and that of those who claim they are assisting you, it is very unfortunate that at the end you lose.

Although, i don't blame you because you are not here in Nigeria to witness the processing of your payment. The problem here is that you've never been told the whole truth about this transaction and it is because of this truth they decided to extort you, the keeping collecting money from you both in Nigeria.

The most annoying part is even fraudsters have really taken advantage of this opportunity to enrich themselves at your expense; those you feel are assisting or working for you are your main problems.

I know the truth surrounding this payment and I am the only person who will deliver you from this long suffering if you will abide by my advice. Please i beseech you to stop pursuit of shadows and being deceived. Feel free to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that I can explain to you the modus-operandi guiding the release of your Payment. Do not panic or have fear for anything knows you have gone through hell but time has come to reap.

Furthermore, all I need from you is trust, just give me the trust all your information is here with me, because i have work in UN office for over 8 years both in Africa and UK and there is no means of receiving payment that cost anything except court affidavit of claim if the owner is not there in person, which will not cost more than 87 USD.

In addition, all the fees they ask both transfer cost or delivering cost, clearance certificate known of them exist. If you really want us to precede send I your direct contact or you ignore my letter if you are not interested.


Dr Zulu Aganga
(+234 816 754 4641)

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