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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: emmanuel ogbuawa okolie <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 04:40:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent

Dear friend,

Compliments of the season,I believe my mail will not come to you as a surprise? been that we have not meet before.

After my search for a reliable person who will help and also keep every business top secrete even after,I decided to consult you.

I will also use this opportunity to appologise in advance should incase this kind of business am aboult relaying to you is against your faith or believe.

With due respect,'I am introducing myself to you as Mr. Emmanuel Ogbuawa Okolie. I was the personal assistant to the former managing Director of (NNPC. Nigerian national petroleum coopration.
My Boss had problem in the year 2003 with the present civilian government head by chief olusegun Obasanjor.and it was by the grace of God that we could be able to excape to from my country to India but unfortunatly there was a setup that killed my boss and his entire family so i have to come down to benning rep. where am presently in a hidden.

But unfortunately my Boss died last two years in a fire incident that ingulfed his resdential house in India, uptill now no-one could explain exactly the couse of the fire outbreak but to my own understanding, it was a setup.

Honestly I am stranded here in India since the death of my Boss and this is one of the reason am contacting you to stand as the next of kin to my late Master on regards to the money he deposited in a Bank in Dubai[U.A.E]
The money in question is about three billion six hundred and fifty million American Dollas. you don't have to fear for anything since no other living soul is awear of this deposit and I am promising to give you 30% of the total money once it comes to your account. although the issue of percentage is not yet the problem.All I want is to make sure the Bank did not confixcate the account and for you to keep this business and everything relacted to it top secrete.

I will like to hear your urgent response then we draft the procedure to achieve our Goal faster,and to detail you on any other thing you might like to know.

Your's Faithfully,
Emmanuel Ogbuawa okolie..

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