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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: Amina Almed Musa <>
Reply-To: Amina Almed Musa <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:50:53 +0900 (JST)


My name is Amina Almed Musa, 25years old originated from Northern Part Of Nigeria.
I decide to contact you after my prayers; I really want to have a good relationship with you. My father Alhaji Almed Musa was the minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development, Northern Nigeria. My father Alhaji Almed and his Secretary died on a plane crash that happened on June 3, 2012 and my mother died 6years ago.

You can read more about the News of the death of my Father and his Secretary on this website.

After the burial of my father, my uncle conspired and sold my father's properties to a Chinese Expatriate and lives nothing for me. On a faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents which he has deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Republic of Benin Cotonou Western` part of Africa, with my name as the next of kin. I traveled to Republic of Benin to withdraw the money so that I can start a better life and take care of myself. On my arrival, the Branch manager of the Bank whom I met in person told me that my father's instruction to the bank was the money be release to me only when I am married or present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas.

I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my uncles have threatened to assassinate me. The amount is $19.8 Million and I have confirmed from the bank in Republic of Benin. You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country.

However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.

Please do keep this only to yourself. I beg you not to disclose it till I come over because I am afraid of my wicked uncles who has threatened to killlic of Benin Cotonou you can contact me with my private email (

Thanks and my,
God bless you and your family,
My name is Amina Almed Musa!

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