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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. Chikewela Martins Ahmed" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:08:01 +0000


This is 'strictly confidential'.

I am Dr. Ahmed, in charge of Accounts and Records in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigeria.

I have this amount of US$2,378,000.00 I want to invest in your country under 60/40 basis if you can assist me.

Let me have your personal email and direct telephone number for further details if you are interested to work with me.

My regards,
Dr. Ahmed.

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