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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:

Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 02:13:52 +0000

My name is Dr. Christian osaka, a Nigerian indoor games cordinator and member
of the Account Dept.of the just concluded All African Games Abuja August
2003 Nigeria.

Please i hope this message will not come to you as a surprise i got your
email address in the internet network as i was searching for a reliable
and God fearing person i saw your mail and i decided to contact you.

The games have come and gone but the memories still remains, as a lover
of Sporting games i am still relishing the records of the Sporting events
of the games.

I therefore have decided to sponsor FOOTBALL games
for foreing Clubsides that are interested in foreign trips were talents
are exposed and marketted.

I can not do this for Nigerian Clubsides as questions would be asked how
i got such money.

I was able to make some good money out of the games as well though not known
to my partners and other officers in my dept. as a coded and inflated cheques
that were issued ,from here i made for myself about
USD$10.2Million Dollars which i deposited with a security company here on
a name of a football team not existing.

I have the purpose of giving the fund up to
a foreign partner that is willing to make good profit with this money in
any business of his choice.

This way my colleagues and the Nigerian Government will never detect the

I am therefore willing to allow you claim this fund and fund any good business,
but with a promise that we would sign a pact as partners before commencing.

If you are intersted and ready to accept my offer then we could go into
agreement with each other while i allow you the use of the fund. i will
then direct you on how you can apply and withdraw the fund for your use
in your country.

If this satisfies you, then get back to me through this email (
with your full address, telephone number and your way of utilising this
fund. All profit realised must be sharred on a 75/25 basis.

Please treat as urgent.
Best Regards,
Dr.Christian osaka. (J.P)

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