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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: "john obodo" <johnobodo200@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: johnobodo200@i12.com
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:01:20 +0100
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL

FROM THE DESK OF, JOHN OBODO
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT,LION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC
34 AHMADU BELLO WAY JOS NiGERIA

I am a senior Accountant in my Bank and Accounting
officer to Mr.Arthur Kinder who worked as an
expatriate well Engineer with Elf petroleum (Nigeria)
Ltd. On the 21st of April 2001, my customer, his wife
and their two children were involved in auto-crash
along the ever busy Sagumu-Ibadan High Way. All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their
lives. Since then,the Board of Directors of my Bank
have made several enquires to their embassy to locate
any of my customer's extended relations but to no
avail.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the
money and Property left behind by my client before
they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
bank where this Huge deposits of US$10M was lodged.

The Bank has published several Notice for the Next of
Kin of the deceased to apply for collection of this
Funds or have the account confiscated within a shot
Period of time.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to
present you as the Next of kin of the deceased, so
that the proceeds of this Account valued at US$10
million dollars can be paid to you and Then you and me
can share the money,60% to me and 40% to you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to backup any claim we may make. All I require is your
honest cooperation to enable this deal through.I
guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the Law. Please get in touch with my email
and send to me your Telephone and fax numbers to
enable us further about this Transaction. Your
response should be channeled to my alternate email
account at (johnobodo200@i12.com)
Best regards,

JOHN OBODO,
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
LION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC


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