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This is our collection of Nigerian 419 scam spam letters. This fraud has been around for decades, and, before widespread Internet use, it mainly operated through snail-mail letters (which are occasionally still used.) It has also appeared in broadcast "spam" fax messages.

The SetUp: You receive an email (or sometimes a snail-mail letter, or a fax.) Traditionally, it will claim to be from Nigeria, but, in recent years, has spread to other countries in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. There is an often desperate-sounding plea. Usually, someone has died, and has left a large amount of unclaimed money in a bank (e.g. one hundred million dollars.) The sender "butters you up" with compliments about your reputation and honesty (although they generally don't mention your name, since you are one of many random targets for the spam/letter.)

The sender traditionally says that they need a foreign bank account (i.e. in whatever country you reside - outside of the originating country), to transfer a large amount of money out of Nigeria (or wherever.) They ask permission to use your bank account, in exchange for promising you a percentage (e.g. 5% - millions of dollars) of the money transferred.

Sometimes, the story is about some random person who died in a plane crash, with a reference to a legitimate online news story listing the deceased people. Then, the sender suggests that you might be a relative, and thus eligible for a partial inheritance. There may be an implication of helping you to lie and falsely claim that next-of-kin status.

The Scam: They start asking you for fees for the bank wire transfer, for local bribes (e.g. "This country is so corrupt," etc), and so on. They may ask for a, "Good faith" deposit to make sure that you don't rip them off.

The perpetrators may also use the victim to launder fraudulent checks. This involves sending forged or altered checks, to be deposited into your bank account, and then instructing you to wire transfer most of the funds to some overseas destination (while keeping a percentage for yourself.) Thus resulting in civil liability and even criminal prosecution against the victim, when the bogus checks are caught.

In extreme cases, people have been lured to traveling to Nigeria (or South Africa, or wherever), and have been extorted, kidnapped-for-ransom, and even just, "Disappeared."

These are listed by the names claimed to be the writers. There are other names in the emails, for contacts, and for the alleged dead people who left the alleged money.

Mariam Abacha 1

Mariam Abacha 2

Osborne Abdulateef

Balarebe Abubakar

James Adekola

James Adyemo

Amit Agrawal

Amao Ajegu

Lucky Akanchawa

Mercy Mark Aku

William Alexander

Francis Aliko

Gassim Al-Jafari

Amao Ajegu

Calos Alberto

Yusuf Aminu

John Audu

James Ayo

Babatope Babs

Ojo Balogun

Leon Bannau

Ailene C. Base

Louisa Ben

Senator Ben

William Ben

David Bola

Isaac Boro

Sgt Lee Boyd

Alexander J. Brindle

James Brown

Kate Camara

Patrick K. W. Chan

Lee Chang

Lee Cheddy

Ebere Chim

Woo Chong

Emmanuel Chukwu

Dickson Dako

Gabriel Danko #1

Gabriel Danko #2

Mark Davies

Bako Davis

Joan Davis

Anita Delgado

Danijela Djuric

Ben Douglas

Vcitor Duku

Simeon Ede

Vincent Ejila

W. Eke

David Ellis

David Emeka

Anderson Eseimoku

Cheif Emma Eze

Perez Milagros Fernandez

Mark Fisher

FC George

Tony George

Barry Grant

Fortune Mgomeni Grote

Yusufu Haji

Sani Hamza

Magret Hatch

Jewel Howard

Lina Ibrahim

Linda Ibrahim

James Idejiaku

Barrister Iduubaba

Joseph Igwe

Francis Ike

Ikeh Ikech

John Ikechukwu

Chidi Imo

Robinson Iweka

Ola James

Olsen James

Martins Jide

Ogundare Jide

Sunday Joe

Mark John

Modupe Johnson

Tony Johnson

Sambo Jombo

Rukija Akhmad Kadyrov

Waheed Kamal

Akintola K. Kenneth

Eng Ameh Kofi

Prince Digbe Kouassi

Kim Hang Lau

Song Lile

Song Lile 2

Pamela Lloyd

Lalas Macido

James Makinde

Donald Malani

Sodindo Malinga

Jeff Maluleke

Rebecca Mane

Hope Mani

Ibrahim Mantu #1

Ibrahim Mantu #2

Senator David Mark

Paul Mason

Sanchez Mbeki

Francis Sonto Mbomam

Paul Michel

Ahmed Momoh

Yahaya Musa

Felix Musoh

Aliu Mustafa

Adrian Muster

Stella Ngubene

Jeff Obed

Anosike Obi

Ifeanyi Obi

Dele Ojora

Richard Ojukwu

Fabian Oko

Martins Okoh

Thomas Okon

John Okoye

Roland Dike Olu

Chris Omah

Paul Onah

Joseph Onaje

Dan Otite

Jacob Ovia

Cheung Park

John Peter

Robert Peters

Agnes Powell

Cheung Pui

Chen Qingxuan

Samuel Rhoney

Rick Richards

Williams Anthony Rossma

Patrick Sam

Micheal Sankoh

Joseph Sanusi

Chu Sengchen

Ruth Serena

Mariam Sese-Seco

William Simon

Joyce Smith

Maria Socorro

Charles C. Soludo

Charles Soludo #2

Ahmed Sulaman

Frank Steve

Adekunle Thomas

Dan Thomas

Susan Thompson

Philip Trimmel

Johnson Tubman

Dennis Ubong

Barrister M. Udeh

Barrister Duke Ugoh

Bello Usman

Brown Walter

Ogbogbo White

Kunle Williams

Rotime Williams

John Yahaya

Ming Yang


Choo Fat (This one isn't exactly 419, but suggests an attempt at laundering checks.)


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