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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 19:42:19 +0200 (MEST)

Dr. Bisi Oloye
18 cowrie house
Marina - Lagos

How are you today and business in your country? I am
Dr.Bisi Oloye, member Federal Government of Nigeria
Contracts Review Panel (CRP). Though constrained by
inadequate information about you.
Actually i have a very urgent and confidential
business proposal for you.
Please get back to me as soon as possible so that i
will be able to send the full details of the proposal to
Yours Sincerely,

Dr Bisi Oloye

NOTE: Please send your urgent reply via my
confidential email,

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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