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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:

Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:44:35 -0300

Ref: FGN-MY/AAS/C21.7-10
>From the Desk Of:
Johnson.O Ayo (OON)

My Good Friend,


My Name is Johnson O. Ayo ( OON) the immidiate past Administrator on Economics and Financial Matters to late H. E. Umaru YarDua, past President of Nigeria, Based on the information and the reputation which you commend, I am confidently soliciting you to receive about USD21.7 Million Cash on my behalf at which 60% will be returned to me thereafter, while 40% remains your compensation. The cash funds still on transit in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as Diplomatic Cargo was Approved for Security Vote to (late H. E. Umaru YarDua) who died Thursday, 6 May 2010 after long illness, due to the urgent nature of this transaction, You are required to furnish to me immediately your Contact Address, Phone/fax and cell phone numbers and Banking Details so that I will issue directives for final transfer of the funds to you.

There are smooth and legitimate arrangements to perfect this transaction, it's absolutely legal, risk free and will be concluded within 72hrs, I will furnish to you all relevant documents and my personal profiles for your reconfirmation,, Text SMS / Call me as soon as you receive this message for more details

Thanks for adhering to this request.

Yours Sincerely,

Johnson.O Ayo (OON)
Admin, Economics and Financial Matters.
Directline: +234 803 9701100

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