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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.Collins Yakubu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:39:43 -0700
Subject: Your Attention Please...

Your Attention Please

I am Mr.Collins Yakubu, the son of the former GMD Of NNPC, Engr. Andrew Laah Yakubu.
My main purpose of sending this mail to you is because of the present problem my father is facing with EFCC Agents that Raided our Home and recently discovered $9.8m which was part of the money he kept at home for a project he planned to execute; but due to he was being monitored by those idled people of which their work is to give information to EFCC or other government agencies because this government agencies promised to give who so ever that give them information of any retired civil servant who has a huge sum of money in his account either locally or internationally will be rewarded with 25% of whatever amount they come up with as a compensation to the information. Like my father's case now, the person who reported him is one of our staff who works in our filling station here in Abuja because of the 25% EFCC promised in the news paper to those informants who will update the agents.

once they find out that you and your family are living in wealth, so they must find a way to conspire against you, in order for them to confisicate what you have suffered for good number of years while you are under the governmental administration.

As a matter of urgency, i will advice you to go through this site below and you will believe me on what my father is going through now. › News
Update: How EFCC recovered $9.8m from Yakubu, Ex-NNPC GMD ...

With all due respect, I will need your immediate assistance to make sure that the rest of my father's money in abroad will not be traced by the EFCC agent. So if you are interested in assisting me because of my father's condition facing trial with the EFCC which i don't know when the case will be over after they seized the $9.8m which they recovered in my family house; so that i will tell you the name of the security company where the money is presently and how much is involved.

Therefore i will need your full name and your cellphone number(i.e if you have one) before i will give you my cellphone number to enable us discuss more on this issue over the phone because it is more confidential.

I await for your immediate response towards this, before going into further discussion with you about this issue, and you must promise me that you are not an agent that will also betray me as one of the staff working in my father's filling station, acted.


Mr.Collins Yakubu

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