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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. David Ama" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:55:17 +0100
Subject: Message from Mr. David Ama,

From the Desk of
The Chief Accountant
Contract Review Panel
Ikoyi Lagos-Nigeria

Attn: Sir,

Before we proceed with this project, please permit me to introduce myself to you, as I would also like to know you well to enable us work together as trusted friends and make this transaction successful for you.

My name is Engr. David Ama, the chief Accountant with the Nigeria Corporation (NNPC) and I am also the chairman of the 5 Man Contract Review Committee, who mandated by the present Civilian Administration to review all contract payments

In the course of verification, so far, we came across a surplus sum of $28.8M.(Twenty-eight Million Dollars, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} which was abandoned without documentation and we want to release the funds to transfer the funds into your account and close the files.

As civil servants, we are not allowed to operate foreign bank account, hence we seek your assistance to transfer the total sum of $28.8m into your account for your own benefit.

We promise that when the $28.8m is transferred into your account, 30% of the funds will be given to as your benefit for your assistance. To avoid any delay, we request the following data from you to enable us release the funds to your account:

Your Name:
Your Occupation:
Your full address:
Your position:
Your age:
Your Telephone Numbers:

As soon as we receive the above information from you, we shall give you an authorization letter which will enable you to act as the beneficiary of the fund and receive the $28.8m without delay.

We expect your response so urgently as we do not need any form of delay.

Yours Sincerely.

Mr. David Ama
Chief Accountant
Phone: +234-8186265881
Direct Email:

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