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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 Diezani Alison Madueke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2018 04:42:20 -0700
Subject: I need your assistance

My Names are Diezani Alison Madueke, i am
former Minister of Petroleum of my Country. i am presently
admitted in a Cancer special treatment center in London
United Kingdom. I need your assistance to help me or get me
any individual that can help my Children to invest the sum
of Two Hundred and Eighty Seven Million United States
Dollars ($287,000,000.00) only I kept in financial house for
safe keeping. Kindly go through this site bellow to confirm
my health conditions right now and i will give you more
details on the fund as soon as I hear from you.

Note there is no risk on your side
because I will use my Lawyer to legalize the fund in your
Name before it will move to any Bank
account of your Choice before two of my Children will come
to meet you up.

Hope to hear from you

Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke,

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