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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:25:42 -0700



Dear friend,

Following the sudden death of my husband, Late General Sanni Abacha, the former head of

state of the federal republic of Nigeria in June 1998, I have been thrown into a state of

utter confusion, frustration and hopelessness by the present civilian administration.

Security agents in Nigeria have subjected me to physical and psychological tortures. One

of my sons is still under detention as well as arraigned before a Federal High Court of

Nigeria for an offence he did not commit.

As a widow, that is so traumatized, I have lost hope and confidence in anybody within the

country. You must have heard over the media and the Internet on the recovery of various

huge sums of money deposited by my late husband in different security firms abroad.

Some willingly gave up their secrets and disclosed our money confidently lodged with them

and many out-rightly declined lodgment. In fact the total sum discovered by the Government

so far is to the tune of $700 million dollars.

And the government has not relented in its efforts to completely bring my children and I

back to square one. This is why I deemed it necessary to act fast by contacting anybody

abroad for assistance.

Furthermore, due to the security network placed on my daily activities I cannot afford to

visit any embassy for a possible solution, hence I have decided to contact you and I do

hope you will be the person God is going to use to rescue my family and I.

I have deposited the sum of $35 million dollars in a security firm abroad as whose name is

withheld for now for security reasons until we fully commence communication. I shall be

grateful if you could receive this fund on my behalf for safekeeping.

Adequate arrangement has been made for receiving the fund. It is totally risk free. This

arrangement is known to you, Our Family lawyer (who is contacting you and I only. This

means that lawyer will deal directly with you as surveillance is on me. My lawyer' name is

Barrister D.C Williams Abdul. email:

You are entitled to 30% of the total sum. I hope to invest a proportion of the balance in

your country. Please forward your private Telephone and Fax numbers so that we can fully

commence communication immediately.

I will quite appreciate, if you accept my proposal in good faith. I look forward to

receiving your urgent reply to my plea. Reply through to my lawyer as he will always

update me as follows email:

Yours truly,

Hajia Mariam Abacha

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