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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:

From: "Mrs Aisha Buhari" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:39:48 -0300
Subject: Good Friend

Dear: Good Friend,

I hope this massage meet you well. My name is Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria. During the cause of my husband medical leave in London, United Kingdom for about 103 days, which no body believe he will survive, in my capacity as the first lady I used that opportunity to over invoice US$5 Million from some Contract that was awarded to foreign companies.

Right now I want to present you as one of our foreign contractors so that this fund can be release to you, then I will partner with you in your own field and area of business specialization so that we can invest this fund together under your management and care. Please I am urging you to keep this to yourself because this is the only future I have secured for myself and my children.

I will work out all the documents needed to complete the successful process of this transaction.

Contact me using my confidential email address:

Mrs Aisha Buhari
Wife Of The President
Federal Republic Of Nigeria
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