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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: "Alhaji Thlama Dawha" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:36:10 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal !!

Dear Beloved
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I
believe everyone will die someday.
My Name is Alhaji Thlama Dawha, the managing director with the Nigeria
National Petroleum Corporation (N.N.P.C), in Nigeria I have been
diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered very late, due
to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of
medicine, and right now I have only about a few weeks to live,
according to medical experts.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared
for anyone not even myself but my Work. Though I am very rich, I was
never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my
business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all
this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to
have or make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I
would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that
God ! has called me, I have willed and given most of my properties and
assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a
few close friends.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have
decided to give alms (MONEY) to charity organizations, as I want this
to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in the Nigeria,
Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I
cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to
close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there
to charity organization in USA and EUROPEAN COUNTRY, they refused and
kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
twenty Eight million dollars($28,000,000) that I have in the Union
Bank Of Nigeria.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit as my next of kin and
dispatched it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 40% for you for your time and patience. If you are
willing to help me,
Please reply on this email:
I am currently admitted in the HOSPITAL .
Awaiting Your Response
Alhaji Thlama Dawha

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