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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: Barr Olisa Agbakoba <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:56:41 +0100
Subject: UNWRITTEN WILL 22/02/2014!

Dear Friend,

I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this letter, but it was
borne out of desperation and current development, Please bear with me. I am
Barrister Olisa Agbakoba a solicitor at law. I was the Personal
attorney to Her
Excellency Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, wife of the former president of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria His Excellency former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Herein
after shall be referred to as my client.

On Sunday, October 23 2005 , my client traveled to Spain to undergo
surgery and
died from complications resulting from that surgery. I have contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money she deposited with a finance security
hoping she will use the money for Charity Works. I am the only person
who knows
about this as her personal Attorney.Nobody knows that she is the real owner of
the fund,because i helped her to register the fund with foreign name (Bernard
White) so as to prevent the Federal Ministry of Finance from probing
the fund, I
seek your consent to present you as the beneficiary of this fund, so that the
proceeds of this Consignment valued cash of USD$28.2 million dollars can be
release to you. So i advice we put this fund into her kind of Good life style.

This means 20% of the original fund is for me, 20% for you and 10% for
our Legal
fee for carrying out the Last Wish of a dead Woman and 50% for her unwritten
(WILL) which is building of orphanage homes, schools, churches and others. I
would get all necessary legal documents that would be needed and to
back up this
claim. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of law. I have all documents
backing the fund.

Please get in touch with me through my private
Please! Do not fail to send me your telephone number and fax number for essay
communications, so that we can discuss extensively one-on-one as regards this
deal. I look forward to your urgent response.

Best Regards,
Barr. Olisa Agbakoba(SAN).

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