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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: Kelvin Alonzo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:38:44 +0100
Subject: My dear Friend

My dear Friend,

I am Kevin Alonzo,Personal Assistance to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe in Nigeria, currently facing charges for money laundry . First and foremost, I apologized for using this medium to reach you for a transaction of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality.

I have decided to seek a confidential cooperation with you in the execution of the deal described here under for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a secret because of the sensitivity of this transaction. Within the Petroleum Resources where I work as Manager of Project Implementation and As Former Personal Assistant to Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, I have a huge amount of fund in the security company in Benin Republic, which was on my possession as overdue payment bills, totaling Twenty One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$21,500,000.) which I want to move abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund on my behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. More so, I am handicapped in the circumstances, as the government of Nigeria Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction. This was moved out from this country to a security vault, which only I and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources know about.

This amount $21.5 Million represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department when I was still the PA to former Minister of Petroleum Resources by a foreign contracting firm, which we the former Minister of Petroleum Resources over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Key tested Electronic Wire Transfer (E.W.T) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application through the Ministry of Justice and Financial Authority to be paid to you once you signed all documents with the security company to enable them move this fund to a bank for wire transfer to your account.

I have the authority of my partner to seek your assistance in this transaction; your share of the sum will be 40% of the $21.5 million, 50% for us and 10% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe and protected on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint us.

Endeavor to contact me immediately through my direct personal e-mail box below if you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong Assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and please, remember to treat this matter with uttermost confidentiality, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service .Once again, remember that time is of great essence in this transaction.


I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation and please do send your contact details below

Full Name:
Phone and Fax number:
Home Address:
Company Name:

Thanks for your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,
Kevin Alonzo.

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