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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:

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 19:22:31 +0000

Dear Friend,

I am Dr. JACKSON.G. OBASEKI the former Group Managing Director NIGERIAN

I want to use this opportunity to inform you of my intention to open up an
investment in any part of EUROPE or AMERICA that will be of good profit to
me and my family, I need a reliable and trustworthy fellow that will serve
as my partner and advisor to this project ,I am budgeting
the investment to cost me $10.8 USD (Twenty Five Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State
Dollars)and I want you to advice me on what I can invest on, although I
have idea of some investments but I want to share ideas and compare before I
will know what to invest on.

If you have any contribution for me as regards this investment you can reach
me through my mail Box and forward to me your direct telephone/fax number
for effective communication and I will furnish you with all you have to do
for me there ,because I am planning to leave AFRICA
with my family to relocate to any part of EUROPE or AMERICA for the
investment by the end
of next month.

I will want somebody who is GOD fearing ,trustworthy, capable and reliable
to handle this project for me and immediately you assure me of all these, I
will rely on you to make this investment a reality.


Best Regards.

Dr. Jackson.G. Obaseki
Fmr.Group Managing Director (N.N.P.C).


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