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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "GOOD NEWS" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 10:31:48 +0100
Subject: From Mister Johnson Onanefe Ibori.

From Mister Johnson Onanefe Ibori.


I am Master Johnson Ibori, the only son of former governor of Delta State,
Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who was slammed with a 103-count charge for
alleged money laundering offences with The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday made a
shocking revelation at the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, governor of
Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori,my father, was slammed with a 103
count charge for alleged money laundering offences.

The EFCC also averred, in the charge filed at the Federal High Court,
Kaduna, presided over by Justice Mohammed Lawal Shuaibu, that Ibori made
cash payment of the sum of $15 million dollars to officials of the EFCC to
influence their investigations, a charge it said is punishable under section
15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act 2004.

Also, Ibori and his mistress, Miss Udoamaka Okoronkwo, are being accused
along with three companies, Mer Engineering Nigeria Limited, Bainenox
Limited and Sagicon Nigeria Limited of laundering a total of N10.08 billion,
belonging to the Delta State government.

Of the N10.08 billion allegedly laundered by Ibori, N83 million was
allegedly found in Udoamaka's personal account. Ibori was accused of using
N8.02 billion to buy shares in Afribank Limited as well as laundering N2.07
billion, using several proxies, including Prime Chamber owned by the current
deputy governor of Delta State, Prof. Agbe Otuama.

The accused persons my father were brought into the Federal High Court,
Kaduna premises in an ash Peugeot vehicle with Nasarawa registration number,
AA 698NNN. Ibori, who wore Niger Delta attire without the matching cap
looked unruffled.The former governor and Miss Okoronkwo, however,pleaded not
guilty to the charges read to them. In opposing the application for bail
brought by Joseph Daudu (SAN), who led a team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria
(SAN), including Chief Alex Iziyon, EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs submitted
that the commission has facts to prove that Ibori was not a man to be
granted bail.

For instance, he alleged, "we invited the accused (Chief Ibori) to come and
make a statement and he refused until we arrested him yesterday",
(Wednesday) adding, he (Ibori) has a criminal record. "We trailed him and he
ran into Kwara State Government Lodge. We have been looking for the accused
person. If an accused has a previous criminal record, you don't grant him
bail. Based on the factual situation, your lordship can order that he brings
the request for bail, through a written affidavit.

"Application of this nature ought not to be made orally. There is no way
they can do it without deposing to an affidavit", he said.

Please I am pleading to you for an urgent helping to safeguard some amount
of my father in which my father has in a security & finance firm in Spain,
as soon as you assure me your kind wiliness to help us and to keep this
matter secret, I will disclose to you the contact telephone and address of
the finance company in Spain for you to stand as our foreign partner to
claim the funds on our behalf on partnership into your personal bank
account, with the help of my fathers lawyer. Again, I will advice you to
follow up the news of my fathers case with this site (
I think is important for you to know all that is going on in this matter
with is site giving to you.

Best regards,
Johnson Ibori(Son).

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