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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: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 06:30:53 -0400 (CLT)


Dear Sir/Madam

I presume this letter will come to you as a suprise,but as
things unfold,we will know each other better and how I got your
contact.I will start by introducing myself to you, I am Mrs
Sandra Obaseki.,the wife of Chief Jackson Gaius Obaseki, the
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I am very sure that you will be of
a good assistance after carefully reading my letter. For many
years of marriage now between me and my husband,I have not given
birth,and this has really troubled my husband.This is as a
result of so much respect attached to local Tradition Culture
and Custom in there community, so my husband has decided to
break the marriage. In short to be sincere and honest with
you,with the present situation of things now,my matrimonial home
look broken.I am being treaten daily by my susposed
legitmate husband to get me out from the home.My husband parents
and brothers are not left out in this matter.This situatio! n
has really affected me psychologically,most of the time I am in
the church to pray and rest myself,because there is no room for
rest in my own home again.

As I am writing to you now,I am no longer assured of a
matrmonial home, hence I seek your urgent assistance and help me
out,which I know will go a long way in geting me settled down
finally.I want to use this ortunity,since my husband has
abandoned me because of childlessness,to move the (US$18M)
million us dollars into your custody for safe keeping,pending my
arrival in your country.Be informed that this said amount was
given to my husband as gratification from some foreign oil
companies he helpede in securing Allocation for the Drilling of
Crude Oil in Nigeria.As a civil servant he does not want to be
esposed,so he gave me this money to keep in my personal
account,this was when the going was okay between us,so that he
can exonerate himself from the eyes of Government security
operatives and the civil service commission(CSC)which is the
body that scrutinizes the activities of all civil servants in
Nigeria as checks and balances for official misconduct.

To be sincere and honest with you,this money is never connected
with drugs,money laundry,firearms and looting,which I beleive
might put fears in you and consequently withdrawing your help
for security reasons.Hence the source of this said money is
clean and clear.This money was deposited in my personal
Domicillary Account and I have discussed with the bank manager
who is very close to me,my intention to transfer the money out
of Nigeria and he promise to render to me all the assistance I
needed to transfer the money out of Nigeria.All I need now is
for you to send me your bank account and other informations,to
enable my bank apply for foreign exchange at the Federal
Ministry of Finance with your name as the beneficiary of the
fund.This is how my bank has planned it,to avoid any suspicion
from our apex bank.

Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free and my
husband will not raise any alarm,because he will not like to put
himself and his position in NNPC in jeopardy,and if he does,he
stands to loose his job. As soon as I receive your response and
your willingness to help as regards to this,I will furnish you
on the next line of action to take immediately.Note,as soon as
the money is successfully transfered into your account,I will
start coming to meet you in your country.I promise to compensate
you very well at the successful end,this is the guranttee I am
giving you from my heart of heart.Be informed according to my
bank manager,this transaction will not last more than 7 working
bank days and it will be concluded because every necessary/vital
arrangements has been put in place,take note.

Your negative or positive response will be highly appreciated by
Thanks and Godbless your family.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Sandra Obaseki.

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