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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:

Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 00:14:36 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?I=20NEED=20YOUR=20HELP=3F?=


I am from africa, 28 years in possession of my dad's properties, he was

poisoned in a political rally in my country, he was the FORMER SENATE
PRESIDENT, here in Nigeria before his death I have been in charge of
his business and have got no problem in controlling it so far.
Few days after his death I received a letter from his bank notifying me

of his account in one of the banks in Nigeria that worth of $21,500,000(Twenty-one
million five hunderd thousand USA dollars)
which he got from a supply he did with the Federal Government of
As a result of this notification I have wrote a letter through my
Lawyer to the bank to transfer the Money to a Vault House in Europe, based
on the reason that they knew my dad make's a lot of money when he was still
in government, so I will not like a situation that the present Government
may probe his assets, I will like the money to be under your custody so
that I will proceed ahead and invest it in your country.

I know that this issue is a very sensitive one and it has to be highly
confidential, why you don't send me your personal phone # and Fax # for

quicker communication, the transaction is a risk free and your share
shall be 30%of the total sum of this money provided you co-operation with
me. My daddy happens to be a very popular person so let it be highly confidential.
Update me back with my private E-mail address

Take care of yourself

Yours Faith

Charles Okadigbo

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