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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: engola002@vtxfree.ch
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 19:30:49 -0700
Subject: Urgent

FROM THE DESK OF : ENG.OLA BANKOLE
NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
FALOMO IKOYI,LAGOS

ATTN: SIR/MA,

I am the Chairman of the Contract award committe,Federal Ministry of Petroleum
resources,Nigeria.I am in search of an agent to assist us in the transfer
of Fifty Million and Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars and subsequent
investment in properties in your country.You will be required to :

[1]. Assist in the Transfer of the said Sum
[2]. Advice on Lucrative areas of Investment
[3]. Assist us in purchase of properties.
[4]. I will like you to furnish me with the following information.

Your full name

Mailing address

Phnoe/fax number

Age

Sex

Occupation

If you decide to render your service to us in this regard,you will be compensated
with 20% of the total sum.

Please reply to Indicate your Willingness in Assisting us with this email
address [engola002@yahoo.ie] Indicating if you can assist so that i will
give you full details about this project, do Include your direct Telephone
and Fax numbers for easier communication.

Thanks for your Anticipated Assistance.

Yours Sincerely,

ENG.OLA BANKOLE
CHAIRMAN OF THE CONTRACT AWARD COMMITTE].

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