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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: Zarah Audu <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:59:59 +0100

Attn:The president

My name is Zarah, may you kindly give me your attention, if you agree
on my proposal and terms, it will be very beneficial to both of us,
the presidency has instructed that all foreigners who have done one
contract or the other in Nigeria over the past 16 years of the former
(PDP) peoples democratic party rule, and have not been paid, should
be paid immediately. in his bid to fulfill campaign promises and
effect change to redeem the country's image abroad.

However, many of this foreigners after being frustrated by the former
administration left and abandoned their contract sums, some of them
inheritance funds while some are lottery funds, with no trace of their
contact information. Since the presidency has made it mandatory that
we provide a comprehensive list of those owed by the federal
government, for immediate payment.

This announcement made over the weekend as he has just returned and
to fulfillment his speech made at the just concluded United Nations
General Assembly (UNGA72). As the person in charge of foreign
operations of the CBN, i was able to retrieve a few list found in our
system and then decided to scout for one or two more people/company
owners i could add on this list, so we could also benefit from this
rare opportunity.

Am aware you may not have done any contract with the government
before, but i intend to seek your consent to add your name on the
list, if we both agree, for the Governor or remittance department to
contact you. All you need to do is to respond to their email and your
name will formerly enter the official list then you get back to me on
any question they ask you which i shall give you the details to enable
you receive the sum of Five million us dollars only, into your account
which we shall share together.

Note, there is no risk or anything to be worried about as i have every
detail that will make the deal work smoothly and safely only if you
are interested and agree to my sharing terms then we have a deal.

If this interests you and you are ready to cooperate with me to
achieve this great opportunity do get back to me as quick as possible.

I awaits your quick reply

Zarah Audu

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