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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: "OKADIGBO OLISA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 01:05:49 -0700

Having obtained your contact from the internet that you have been doing several transaction in good trust,coupled with my deep interest to invest in your country, I decided to contact and solicit your mutual assistance.

My Name is Olisa Okadigbo son of previous Nigeria Senate President Dr Chuba Okadigbo of which , I know the news of my fathers dismiss has reached the international media. i am currently the only son of the late senate President {Dr Chuba Okadigbo}, Please I seek a honest person to transact business with . My father has thesum of U$32 million Dollars which he deposited in a Security company for the purpose of the 2007 Presidential Election here in Nigeria . Right now am talking with the Security company where the fund was deposited . and am also leaving this country for now because my father was murdered and they are also after me .

That is why I felt happy when I saw your contact because I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely. I am ready to pay 25% of the total amount to you if you help us in this business and another 5% interest of Annual After Income to you, for handlin this business for me,which you will strongly have absolute control over.If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me in lifting this fund, kindly reach me and I will link you to my legal Representative for further discussion. Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to commence the transaction as quickly as possible.

Olisa Okadigbo.

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