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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: "DR. GIDAI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:08:20 +0100

Dear Sir,

Kindly accept my apologies for reaching you through this means, but I sincerely need your assistance in the transfer of USD38.5million from an Escrow account here in Nigeria to an offshore account in your country.
These funds emanated from an over-invoiced contract awarded through a public private partnership between the World bank and my Government.
The contract was awarded to Global industires Asia Ltd, a company formed by my colleagues and I, and because this company does not exist, we require a partner who will come up as the beneficiary of this company due to the simple reason that as government workers, my colleagues and I are not allowed to have interests in private business.

30% of the funds will be given to you for your assistance.

Please if you are interested, kindly contact me ASAP for more details.


Dr. Gidai.

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