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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: paul okafor <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:36:51 +0100
Subject: FROM:Dr Paul Okafor.

FROM:Dr Paul Okafor.Central Bank of Nigeria.Tinubu-Square,Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Sir/madam,
Sequel to the secretive arrangement in regards of the shipment of your contract sum, I wish to inform you that all necessary modalities have been automatically concluded and have left Nigeria to London via your Country today by Express Cargo Flight.
Note carefully the content of the crate is "MONEY" but I did not disclose it to the Courier Services as Money,rather I informed them that the crate contain Vital"DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS" belonging to my client (that´s you) Furthermore, the weight of the consignment is 220kg but I manage to pay 120kg, which cost US$25,600.00. On account should you disclose the content of the crate with the Diplomatic Courier Services for fear of betrayal.
So do not allow them to know that the content is money.In the meantime,I will give you the contact of the Diplomatic Courier Services for you to contact them and know the actual situation, which i will be gveing to you let with Best Regards,the consignment and also give them your address where the consignment will be delivered and then get back to me as soon as possible so that I can give you the shipment document.Meanwhile, I will be coming over to your country immediate The Consignment arrives in your Country for my 50% share.
Please, Advise me as soon as possible of your true position and also assure me that my share will be safe with you. Or give me a call immediately Tel: 234-8033669825 and endeavor to send me the required information immediately so that we can proceed.
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Best Regards,
Dr Paul Okafor.
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