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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: "Abdullahidikkoinde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:45:58 +0100
Subject: Refund.


Attn Sir ,

I am Alhaji Abdullahi Dikkoinde, based on the highly esteemed recommendation made about your company reputation by the international trade commission affiliate to the Nigeria Chambers of Commerce, who guaranteed your reliability and trust worthiness in business dealing, I therefore decided to propose to you this lucrative deal, which requires an urgent assistance for mutual beneficial relationship among ourselves. We have your resume and know that you are over competent to oversee this deal to a successful conclusion for our mutual benefits and good business and family relationship that will last forever.

I am the Area Controller of Customs with the Nigerian Board of Customs and Excise in charge of Zone "B" Western Headquarter, Tin Can Island,. However, after due consideration of your Company's reputation, as a matter of fact, I have no reason to doubt your transparent honesty and credibility hence I make this business proposal to you. Please treat with utmost confidentiality.

My proposal is this, my department made a wonderful revenue yield in the quarters of 2014/2015 that exceeded our budget target of US$480,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Eight Million United state's Dollars) the actual amount realized is US$850,500,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Having an excess of US$370,000,000.00 (Three Hundred and seventy Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

This success was possible due to the aggressive revenue strategies we employed in dealing with smugglers, exporters and importers alike. At the end of this quarter, as officer in charge of revenue, we declared only US$600,000,000.00 (Six Hundred Million United States Dollars) have since been paid into the government account as accumulated revenue for this quarter leaving behind US$250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars) which we have statutory set aside for refund to these importers and exporters who were charged excess duties.

Now, what I want you to do is to send an application for claim, for a refund of excess import duty of US$31,500,000.00 (Thirty 0ne Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and also enclose detail of your bank account where this fund will be remitted.

It will be in disguise that your company was charged excess import duty by my office so to this effect my office will respond swiftly to your request and complete the refund process within fourteen days (2 weeks) .The funds have been deposited already in a security volt company in Europe where you shall visit after good understand as the beneficiary with all claim documents in your favor.

The ratio of disbursement is as follows:

The account owner (you) will have 35% of the total amount remitted, 10% will be set as for the expenses incurred during the transaction, while 55% will be for me and my colleagues. Please, let me know your interest immediately through my private tel/fax number to enable me furnish you with more information and also a sample of the Refund Application Form which you will retype with your company letter head paper for the refund of excess import duty to you as soon as I hear from you.

NOTE: This transaction is smooth and secured, as all arrangement have been well organized. Finally,

do always remember the confidentiality and urgency, which this transaction requires, while I expect your urgent response to this request.

55% will be left in your coffers for international investment which you will manage for a period of 4 years and an international agreement will bond me and you.(NON-CIRCUMVENTION AND NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT).

Your Full Name: ______________________________
Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not
P.O.BOX) : ______________________________
Name of City of Residence:_______________________________
Direct Telephone Number:

Best Regards,
Alhaji Abdullahi Dikkoinde
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