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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: "Prince Tokumbo Olabisi" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:47:29 -0400
Subject: Re:Please are you still alive?

To whom it may concern.

I am Prince Tokumbo Olabisi office of the presidency Nigeria, there is
presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mrs. Monica Thomson, who is
presently trying to make office of the presidency/NNPC believe that you are
dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with her, to help
you in receiving your funds, So here comes the big question.

Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (MONICA THOMSON)? Thereby
making her the current beneficiary with her following account details: Mrs
Monica Thomson, AC/NUMBER: 9876987643. ROUTING/1332865, B/NAME:CITIBANK,
ADDRESS:NEW YORK,USA, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the
said Mrs Monica Thomson, if we do not hear from you within the next three
working days from today.

Prince Tokumbo Olabisi
Office of the presidency

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