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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: "Dr.Peter Odili" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:47:57 +0100
Subject: Dear sir,

Dear sir,
I hope this mail will not embarrass you since we have not had any previous communication, My name is Dr. Peter Odili,the ex-governor of Rivers state in Nigeria. However,we handed over to a new civilian dispensation on the 29th of May 2007.I got your reference from the Nigerian business and profession promotion council and went further to have it confirmed by your country’s trade department. I solicit your assistance as regard to the transfer of $21million to your designated account.
This fund arose from the state bunkering unit since the Government of the Country does not really compensate our state irrespective of the fact that all the money Nigeria has today is gotten from Rivers State onshore/offshore dichotomy yet we are not well compensated, based on this,when i was still the governor, the council of elders/paramount rulers etc after several deliberation resorted that they must be partakers of their God given resources decided to steal this oil and hide them somewhere and sell them to some oil companies in our nearby African countries.
This was done over and over and the leading council now decided that this funds should be transferred into a foreign account for proper use, it is based on this that I have contacted you, in order word I am therefore seeking your assistance based on the amount stated above of US$21M which can be speedily processed and fully be remitted into your nominated bank account.
We will offer you 10% (10 percent) of the total sum for your assistance, 85% will be ours and 5% will be set aside for expenses both parties might make in the course of this transaction. I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk-free, all documents as well as computerized records that has to do with this fund is in our possession, shall be destroyed immediately after this transaction .We advice you to keep this transaction strictly confidential, we where once top Government officials and can not afford scandals, you are also advised to act swiftly because we are running out of time as the newly appointed governor has taken to office.
For security reasons, I gave this letter to a good friend of mine: Barrister Bernard C.Uchenna, who is my personal attorney I have asked him to contact you directly and as soon as I get your reply he will notify you and I will contact you directly, Barrister Bernard C.Uchenna is also not happy over the way the Government is treating this part of the country, I will send you my personal phone and fax numbers as soon as I hear from you, it is important that you include your own phone and fax numbers for easy communication.
I wait in anticipation of your reply.
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Peter Odili.Ex-Executive Governor (Rivers State of Nigeria)
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