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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:

From: Mrs Doris <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:36:40 -0700 (PDT)

Mrs.Doris Obaseki
Flat 8 Block 12 NNPC Quarters
Garki Abuja Nigeria
I presume this letter may 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.Doris Obaseki, the wife of Chief Jackson Gracious Obaseki,Former Managing Director, and Chief Executive,Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
I am really sure that you will be of a good assistance after going throughly through this letter. For many years of marriage now between me and my husband, I have not given birth, 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. With the situation of things with me now, my matrimonial home looks bleak.Iam been threatened daily by my husband to get out from the home. My Husband`s brothers are not left out in this matter. This situation has really affected me psychologically.
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$ 8M) into your custody for safekeeping, pending my arrival in your country.This said amount was given to my husband as gratification 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 in my personal account so that he can be exonerated from the eyes of government security operatives and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which is a body that scrutinizes the activities of all civil servants in Nigeria as checks and balances for official misconduct.
This money was deposited in a Fiduciary fund holders in Europe on my name and I have all the deposit certificates, Once i see your willingness to help i will give you the guidelines on how to deliver the money at your doorstep by a courier diplomat manager.
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 20% of this money for all your help at this time of need,Your negative or positive response will be highly appreciated.
Your's faithfully,
Mrs.Doris Obaseki

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