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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:

From: "MR HAKEEM WASIU" <mr_hakeem@msn.com>
Reply-To: mr_hakeem1@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 00:57:31 +0000
Subject: DEAR FRIEND !!!!

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
My name is Mr Hakeem  Wasiu , I am the Accountant of the Late Mrs,Stella Obasanjo the wife of the
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Mrs, Stella Obasanjo just died on the early hours of Sunday
23rd October 2005 in a hospital in Spain where she went for a surgical operation.
 
Before the death of Late Mrs,Stella Obasanjo she placed thee sum of Twenty Seven Million United
States Dollars (U.S.$27,000,000) in a security company in U.K. Due to the Hard Investigation that
has been Happening in Nigeria.
 
The Security Company does not know of the content of the boxes in their vault, I happened to know
of the content of these boxes because I am the accountant handling all the late presidentís wife
financial matters.
The documents of these funds are on my position so I seek assistance to get the funds out of her
family,
does not know of these funds including the president.
 
I here by seek a trust worthy person who is ready so we can complete this transaction as soon as
possible and this person will get 30% from the total sum.and will assit me geting the funds and i
will also Like 20% to go for the Ophans and the Motherless People Home around the World
 
Please respond back with your full contact information if you are willing to assist me on this
transaction.
 
View web site bellow for obituary of late Mrs.Stella Obasanjo.
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/10/23/obasanjo.obituary/index.html
 
Regards
Mr Hakeem Wasiu

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