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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 K. Alison-Madueke" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:13:38 -0800
Subject: Hello My Dear(Your urgent and important respond)

Hello My Dear,

I am in need of your assistance, I want to make a donation to the poor
and; needy through you.My name is Mrs.Diezani K. Alison-Madueke,I
studied architecture in England and then at Howard University in the
United States and the former Minister for Petroleum Federal Republic
of Nigeria.

Right now i am in a hospital in London,United Kingdom.I have been
undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.I have since lost my
ability to talk and my Doctors have told me that I have only a few
months to live.Before I became ill, I kept US$65 Million in a
long-term deposit account in a finance company in Europe and another
US$35 Million with First Bank Nig.Plc.

Now that it is clear that i will not survive this sickness, I have
decided that i must give my wealth to the poor and needy just for
assistance. Mostly if you can donate to the motherless,the widows and
hurricane victims I will highly appreciate.

You can read more about my present health condition through this

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Diezani K. Alison-Madueke

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