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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: "Mr. Alison Madueke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:43:25 -0400

Introduction: My name is Mr. Alison Madueke husband  to Mrs. Dazieni Alison  the former Minister of petroleum of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
Information : During her administration as the petroleum minister , she made a huge deposit of Fifty Million United States Dollars ( $50M) in one of the Finance/security company in Madrid-Spain ( Name withheld) for security reasons and for some time now, she has been arrested by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) but was later declared on an ASYLUM there in the United Kingdom (UK) where she is facing a trial now before the British authority on MONEY LAUNDERING and below is a website to confirm exactly what am telling you now;
However, she has just passed an instruction for me SECRETLY that I should look for a way to dispose the deposited FUND out of the security company for security reasons by looking for a God fearing man or woman over-seas that could be TRUSTED to retrieve  this fund immediately from the security company hence all the vital documents relating to the deposited funds is still in her possession and wouldn’t want to lose the money for her present condition now hence most of her live earned properties and even CASH DEPOSITS in her BANK ACCOUNTS there in Nigeria and over-seas are already CONFISCATED by the government.
Please would I count on your indulgence and sincerity carrying out this very project with me considering the huge amount involved and the sensitivity of this issue now?
I would wait to have your prompt response just to enable us proceed on the conclusion of this transaction.
Above all, in your response please forward your DATA and an attached copy of your personal identification to enable me made known to you the NAME of the SECURITY/FINANCE COMPANY in MADRID-SPAIN where this fund is deposited and how to follow up the entire proceeds with the security company on the fund claim as the NEW- BENEFICIARY.
Thanks for your consideration and acceptance in this regard.
Mr. Alison Madueke.

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