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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: "Opec Fund For International Development (Ofid)" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 03:59:36 +0800
Subject: Identification Code (Opec/Ofid/09788)

Opec Fund For International Development (Ofid)
Petroleum Global Fund Administrative Head Office.
Vienna, Austria.

Dear Beneficiary! !! Congratulations As We Bring To Your Notice The
Results Of The 2011/2012 beginning of year Grant Global Donation In The
Opec's 19th Extraordinary Meeting Which Took Place In Abuja, Nigeria (One
Of The World Largest Petroleum Exporting Country), 10th January. 2012 Opec
Fund For International Development (Ofid)

Collects E-Mails Of People That Are Active On The Global Internet And
Selected Only Ten All Over The Continent Every Year Through Electronic
Balloting System Without Peoples Application Or Media Advertisement.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is pleased to announce
that you have been donated the sum $3 million USD to help the reduce the
level of povety and financial stress around the world, However, OPEC has
arrange with one of Africa biggest bank for a ATM card systematic method
of donation remittance, What you have to do now is for you to contact the
paying bank for immediate remittance of donation.
Contact Person: Dr.Ray Stewart
Atm Operation Manager, First Bank of Nigeria
First Bank of Nigeria, Abuja Zonal Head Office, Nigeria
Email Address:
Telephone: +234 70 6051 5086
Keep this Identification Code (Opec/Ofid/09788) From Any Other
Person To Avoid Double Claim And Disqualification.
Do Accept Our Hearty Congratulations:
Secretary General: Abdalla Salem El-Badri (Opec)
NOTE: Opec Have Paid For The Delivering Charge, Opec Fund For
International Development (Ofid) Is Expected To Be Used By Beneficiary For
Human And Capacity Development Project Such As Education, Business,
Research Or Any Proposal That Will Positively Affect Beneficiaries And
Their Community.

Opec Fund For International Development (Ofid) Copy Write 2012(C)


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