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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. INGA BRITT AHLENUS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:10:47 -0700

Internal Audit, Monitoring,
And Investigations Division

From: Mrs Inga Britt Ahlenus.


This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South Africa and the United States of America Respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam activities going on in these two nations. You can go through our website

I have met with the new Elected president Muhammadu Buhari and the Formal President of Federal Republic of Nigeria President Good luck Ebert Jonathan of who claimed that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your Contract fund in your account since he was elected as president.

Right now, as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of $1.3 million united states dollar as your irrevocable payment approved by both the British government and the UN into your account without any delay. The only fee you will pay to confirm your fund in your account,is your Notarization fee to the UN.

Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr.Richard Braves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.

Since my stay here in Nigeria, i have been holding series of meetings which makes it difficult for me to answer your calls, but you can call my assistant Mr. Robert Appleton, a former assistant U.S. attorney who came to Nigeria with me, on the number which I just acquired in Nigeria today: +234-8124874842

Get back to us with your banking information:

Full Names:.........
Direct Phone Number:......
Bank Name:..........
Bank Address:.......
Bank Acct:..........
Routing Number:.....
Swift Code:.........

Forward all to my Personal Assistant Mr. Robert Appleton on his Email Address Below;( For oral discussion.

I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that we can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.


Sincerely yours,
Mrs Inga Britt Ahlenus..
Formal United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight.

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