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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: "linda obaseki" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:22:01 +0000

Mrs. Linda Obaseki
Flat 8 Block 12 NNPC Quarters
Garki Abuja Nigeria.

Hello Dear,

I presume this letter will come to you as a surprise, but as things unfold,
we will know each other better, i will start by introducing myself to you.
I am Mrs.Linda Obaseki, the wife of Chief Jackson Gaius Obaseki,the recently
retired Managing Director, and Chief Executive, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC).
I am really sure that you will be of a good assistance after going
thoroughly through this letter.For many years of marriage now between me and
my husband, I have not givenbirth, and this has really troubled my husband.
As a result of the respect given to local tradition culture and custom here
in Nigeria, my husband has decided to break the marriage and I have divorced
from him. As at now,I am no longer Assured of a matrimonial home, hence I
seek your urgent assistance and help which I know will go a long way in
getting me settled finally.
I want to use this opportunity to move the sum of (US$18M) into your custody
for safe keeping, pending my arrival in your country.
This said amount was given to my husband as ratification from some Foreign
Oil Companies he helped in getting Allocation for the Drilling of Crude Oil
in Nigeria. As a civil servant, he does not want to be exposed, hence he
gave me this money to keep so that he can be exonerated from the eyes of
government security operatives in Nigeria.
I contacted my direct sister who introduced an idea for mewhich I
followed.The money was then neatly packed in four boxes and tagged as
Diplomatic Documents and film materials(PERSONAL EFFECTS).
I then deposited the boxes for save keeping in a security/finance company in
Nigeria on January 3rd 2004. The security company do not know that the four
boxes contains money This was done for my personal security reasons.
The deposit paper reads: four trunk boxes containing film materials and
diplomatic documents.Please take proper note of this.Some top government
officials in Nigeria use this method to transfer money to their foreign
partners outside the country for confidential reasons.
The little money I use for personal expenses here has finished that is why I
needed your assistance to process the release of the boxes from the security
company where it was deposited.
I want these boxes to taken out of the security company to your destination
so that I can be able to open the boxes and retreive the money for my
expenses and to arrange myself for business investment.Please hasten up and
help me to recieve these boxes.
Be informed that this money is not connected with drugs; money laundry,
firearms and looting which I believe will put fears in you to render the
required assistance needed from you and consequently withdrawing your help
for security reasons.
Hence the source of this said money is clean and clear,Rather,to help
me,kindly prepare your mind so that I can direct you to the Security Company
where the boxes were deposited for the necessary
release to your destination on my behalf under diplomatic immunity.During
your contact with the Security Company,tell them that you are my business
associate and that I instructed that the boxes I deposited with them be sent
to your address.
Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, and my husband Will
not raise any alarm because the depositedocuments was written in my name and
in my ossession now.
As soon as this money is moved to you, and you confirm to me that you have
received it, I will be coming to meet you up there in your country where I
wish to live the rest of my life. I will be offering
you 10% of this money if you show your personal commitment in this
transaction and 2.5% of the money will be used to settle any personal
expenses that have been incured along the line of the transaction and for
all your help at this time of need.
Be informed that this transaction will not last more than 14 working days
and it will be concluded because every arrangement has been put in
place.Your negative or positive response will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs.Linda Obaseki

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