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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: "Barrister Aina" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:14 -0800
Subject: Please keep this confidential;,

Aina, Blankson & Co.
#3, Akenzua street,
Off Ajayi Crowther street,
Asokoro-Abuja Nigeria
Dear Friend,
I am seeking your partnership for an investment abroad I am
representing my boss client Chief James Ibori Ex-Governor of Delta State
"The Rich Crude Oil Region of West Africa" I have a very sensitive and
confidential brief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your partnership
in re-profiling fund worth US$25M. This is a legitimate transaction; you will be paid
20% for your "management fees".
Source of Funds:
The fund derived from Crude Oil Lifted from his private Oil Well.
During my client regime as a Sole Administration/Executive Governor of
the State, he handle a lot of Crude Oil dealings and along the line he was
arrested and charge for misappropriation of funds and purchasing of a
Private Jet and in two occasion his wife was arrested by the British Authority
trying to divert some fund across the United Kingdom.
Your Role:
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted
sum and all deposit documents will be made available in your favor which
enable the Security Company hand over the entire deposit to you as the beneficiary. My client intends to use this sum to relocate abroad for a possible investment project after regaining his freedom. See the related sites for conformation of this issue.
(4) londonhis-assets-to-remain-frozen.html -
If you are interested, please write back and provide me with your
confidential telephone number and email address and I will provide
details and instructions. Please keep this confidential; we can't
afford more political problems. Finally, please note that this must
be concluded within two weeks.
Send your reply to this email:
Waiting your response,
Barrister Aina Blankson
Attorney/Legal Practitioner.

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