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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: "Rosemary Obaseki" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 06:59:00 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear,

Mrs.Rosemary obaseki
Flat 8 Block 12 NNPC Quarters
Garki Abuja Nigeria.

Hello Dear,
I presume this letter will come to you as a surprise,
but as things
unfold, we will know each other better, i will start
by introducing myself to you.

I am Mrs.Rosemary obaseki, the wife of Chief Jackson
Gaius Obaseki,the
recently retired Managing Director, and Chief
Executive, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

I am really sure that you will be of a good assistance
after going
thoroughly through this letter.For many years of
marriage now between
me and my husband, I have not givenbirth, and this has
really troubled my husband.

As a result of the respect given to local tradition
culture and custom
here in Nigeria, my husband has decided to break the
marriage and I have divorced from him. As at now,I am
no longer Assured of a matrimonial home, hence I seek
your urgent assistance and help which I know will go a
long way in getting me settled finally.

I want to use this opportunity to move the sum of
(US$18M) into your
custody for safe keeping, pending my arrival in your
country. This said amount was given to my husband as
ratification from some ForeignOil Companies he helped
in getting Allocation for the Drilling of Crude Oil in
Nigeria. As a civil servant, he does not want to be
exposed, hence he gave me this money to keep so that
he can be exonerated from the eyes of government
security operatives in Nigeria.

I contacted my direct sister who introduced an idea
for mewhich I
followed.The money was then neatly packed in four
boxes and tagged as
Diplomatic Documents and film materials(PERSONAL
EFFECTS). I then
deposited the boxes for save keeping in a
security/finance company in Nigeria on January 3rd
2004. The security company do not know that the four
boxes contains money This was done for my personal
security reasons. The deposit paper reads: four trunk
boxes containing film materials and diplomatic
documents.Please take proper note of this.Some top
government officials in Nigeria use this method to
transfer money to their foreign partners outside the
country for confidential reasons.
The little money I use for personal expenses here has
finished that is
why I needed your assistance to process the release of
the boxes from the security company where it was

I want these boxes to taken out of the security
company to your
destination so that I can be able to open the boxes
and retreive the money for my expenses and to arrange
myself for business investment.Please hasten up and
help me to recieve these boxes. Be informed that this
money is not connected with drugs; money laundry,
firearms and looting which I believe will put fears in
you to render the
required assistance needed from you and consequently
withdrawing your
help for security reasons.

Hence the source of this said money is clean and
clear,Rather,to help
me,kindly prepare your mind so that I can direct you
to the Security
Company where the boxes were deposited for the
necessaryrelease to your
destination on my behalf under diplomatic
immunity.During your contact with the Security
Company,tell them that you are my business associate
and that I instructed that the boxes I deposited with
them be sent to your address.

Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk
free, and my husband
Will not raise any alarm because the depositedocuments
was written in my name and in my ossession now. As
soon as this money is moved to you, and you confirm to
me that you have received it, I will be coming to meet
you up there in your country where I wish to live the
rest of my life. I will be offering you 10% of this
money if you show your personal commitment in this
transaction and 2.5% of the money will be used to
settle any personal expenses that have been incured
along the line of the transaction and for all your
help at this time of need. Be informed that this
transaction will not last more than 14 working days
and it will be concluded because every arrangement has
been put in
place.Your negative or positive response will be
highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs.Rosemary obaseki

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