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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:

Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:15:44 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend.

Attn: My Friend


This time, I have decided to make a direct approach to you by breaking my
silence. I do not know if you have asked yourself why each time the
release of this fund is approved, all of a sudden, the payment will be
stopped or you will be ask to send more money endlessly. If you have not
asked this question or you do not know, this is an opportunity for me to
tell you because enough is enough.

Few years ago, some men who claim to be year partners, {I mean the people
that introduced you to the project} approached me through my dear wife
and requested me to assist them conclude a money transfer deal they had
with you. They requested me to assist them by removing the original
contractors name{ Engr. Thomas Heywood} company’s name and bank
particulars from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) vetting computer and
replacing them with your name and your bank details in order to make you
appear as the rightful beneficiary of this fund. I agreed on condition
that they will pay me US$700,000 as soon as your
name appears as the beneficiary. After I succeeded in programming your
name, all of a sudden, I did not hear from them again till date.

Based on their attitude, I decided to stop the fund release movement
because I was not sure of their intention anymore as it might affect my
job. Secondly, I know the source of the funds that you did not execute
any contract in Nigeria, although I am the only person privileged to know
this information and it is a fact. Why I am making this clear to you is
because I can see that you are still making efforts in order to conclude
this project and have spent so much money without anything to show for

I therefore need your assurance that those colleagues of yours will be
totally kept out of this transaction till confirmation of this fund is
made via swift. I know that none of them is aware of my new approach to
you. I personally did the work at the beginning and it is only me who can
make the swift a huge success if you agree to work with me

I am a man of my word. If you are ready to conclude this business with
me, contact me on my mobile phone 234-9028892004 OR email me on : so that we can work out the best ways of bringing
this to a successful and favorable conclusion.

Yours truly,


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