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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: james obioma <>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 23:48:07 +0100

Attention: Director, Managing Director and Chairman

Please do not mind the bad names given to Nigeria as a country by the
international communities, do not be deceived, this is a country well
blessed with riches and mineral resources, and so much cash
transactions. I got your contact from your chamber of commerce. And I
choose your country, because it is a safe place for investment.

I am a director with the Nigeria National Petroleum Co-operation NNPC
and I am from Angola but based in Nigeria, I and my colleagues in
office over inflated a contract that was to be $50M USD to $85M USD,
now we have paid the original contractor his $50M USD, and the balance
of the $35M USD is ours, but we cannot keep it here due to our
position, now we want you to serve as a sub-contractor so that we can
transfer the money to you, and then we share it 30% for you and 70% to
us, there is no risk involved as we are in charge.

If you can assist us, kindly send us your complete name, phone number
and address, bank details and the name of your company.

My alternative email:
TEL: +234 7068356400

James Obioma

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