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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: Mrs. Diezani K. <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 19:39:34 +0300
Subject: Urgent Response Please..

Hello Dear,

I saw your profile on LinkedIn and I decided to contact you for this profitable business venture.
I must thank you for giving me the audience to explain this important issue to you. I have been in search of someone from your country with your surname, and who is capable of handling this transaction, so when I came across your profile online, I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other, because I know you are the right choice for this transaction.

My name is Mrs.Diezani K. Alison-Madueke,studied architecture in England and then at Howard University in the United States.and the immediate past Minister for Petroleum Federal Republic of Nigeria.l am writing you in view of the fact that we can be of a great help to each other.Also we could work as a team towords helping the poor and the less privileged.Right now i am in a hospital in london,United Kingdom where i have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.I have since lost my ability to talk and my Doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.Before I became ill,BELOW DEATILS IS WERE I AM NOW.

Now that it is clear that i will not survive this sickness, I have decided that i must give my wealth to the poor
and needy just for assistance. Mostly if you can donate to the motherless,the widows and hurricane victims I will
highly appreciate it.You can read more about my present health condition.I will give you more details once I receive your urgent response strictly through this my personal email address:

Your urgent response is required. Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your communication soonest.


Mrs. Diezani K. Alison-Madueke.

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