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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: "Diezani Alison-Madueke" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:11:30 -0700
Subject: Re: Funds for investment purposes

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.I was the former Petroleum Minister in Nigeria under the past
administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and I also served as the past OPEC(Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries) Chairperson.I am presently residing and undergoing various treatments for
breast cancer in the United Kingdom.I got your contact email address after I had a confidential discussion
with a Commercial Attache working,with your country's Embassy here in London who spoke highly of your
person and the company you represent.

After due delibrations,I am convinced in your capacity,you would be able to render assistance and
cooperation with the funds transfer intended of the sum of $120 Million(ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) intended for investment purposes which,I acquired and secretly
lodged the funds stated,in a financial/security institution in Nairobi,Kenya during my office as the Minister
of Petroleum Resources.I now need your help,if you agree to be my foreign partner with the transfer of the
funds in tranches,safe keep and investment in various real estate and any other lucrative business in a
stable economy like your country.

All other information to facilitate the remittance of the funds will be revealed to you in due course and for
your assistance, you will be entitled to a percentage from the total sum which we would agree before

As soon as I hear from you I will give you detailed information on the way forward.

Kind regards,

Mrs.Alison-Diezani Madueke

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