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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: "ome" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 10:40:08 -0400 (EDT)

I am Barrister Omo Imebuse Principal Partner,Imebuse and Imebuse Chambers.Lagos , Nigeria . e-mail: A solicitor at law and personal attorney to the late Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, The wife of the president of the federal Republic of Nigeria who died in Spain in December,2005 after a brief illness.
On the 21st of April 2003, she deposited some funds on my name to a tune of 6.7M US Dollars(SIX MILLION,SEVEN HUNDRED US DOLLARS) based on trust in one of the spanish funds and security house. I have RECENTLY INFORMED THEM WHO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE EXTREMITY OF THIS DEPOSITED,SINCE I WAS ALSO THE SUBSTANTIAL NEXT-OF-KIN AND BENEFICIARY TO THE DEPOSIT. Prior to the execution of this directive; I have INSTRUCTED THEM OF MY POSSIBLE INTENTIONS TO TRANSFER THIS FUNDS ABROAD AT MY WILL AND THEY HAVE CONSENTED TO THIS ARRANGEMNT. I am now soliciting for your assistance/co-operation in going to SPAIN OR SWITZERLAND to signoff and claim this fund.
Upon your readiness to travel to Europe to signoff and claim the fund from the Security Company, I will forward to you the necessary documents to enable you make adequate claim on the funds and have access to it. I will also forward to you the contact details of the HOLDING COMPANY and the officer to contact so as to avoid unnecessary delays and leakage of secrets.
Please reply through my private Your early response is anticipated. May almighty God bless you. You can contact me through my mail for more vital information. Barrister Omo Imebuse Esq

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