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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:

Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 05:18:19 -0500

From, Mr Timi Alaibe
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Delta State - Nigeria.

Sir/Madam ,

My name is Mr Timi Alaibe, board of directors Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC).
Me and my other other colleagues are in look for a foreign partner with
whose bank account we shall transfer the sum of Twenty Two Million United
States Dollars($22.M).
This money is accrued to us as commission for oil sales contracts handled
under our supervision with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The fund is presently waiting to be transferred by our offshore fund
managers to the beneficiary submitted to us as our international partner if
you are interested to work with us for the funds to get transfer into your
Do get back to me with your contact information/your contact telephone
numbers for advance talk via the phone.
This is real and confidential, I will give you the full update of the
transaction immediately I hear back from you due to the urgency for the
transfer to take place within the period of some weeks.

Mr Timi Alaibe.

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