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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: "Engr. Williams Olisa" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:35:10 -0800

Dear Friend
Your profile was given to me by a commercial attache from your country's embassy here in Abuja Nigeria in my request for a good and trusted partner to enter into joint venture with.
As you know we never meet before but am trusting you based on the good recommendation your country's embassy commercial attache gave to you, please observe this matter with high secrecy it required, no third party apart from you and myself will know about this transaction for security reasons.

Below is the brief details of the business for your perusal, feel free to ask question where you did not understand.

My name is Engr.Williams Ogerugo Olisa, the special adviser to State Government on Contract Awards and Payments. Through my office, a lot of contracts were awarded to some foreign contractors by the government. But my condition before allowing the State Government to award any contract to any contractor is that I will inflated the actual cost of the contract by 5%. All the contracts awarded have been successfully executed and the actual value paid out to the contractors. All the inflated 5% are now mine and have been released to me by the contractors. The total amount is US$48Million.
For obvious reasons, I cannot deposit this money in a bank account in this country or invest it here, so with my influence and contacts, I have successfully placed the money in a security vault Safe Keeping company as money owned by a foreigner. I want to quickly move this money out of this country for joint investment with you.

Your role will be:
1. Act as the original owner of the US$48Million
2. Receive the $48Million in your custody
3. Invest/Manage the funds as joint investment until i am retired or resign from government work.

Every logistics and arrangements to move the money have been perfected. The shipment could be done within 72hours after I get your acceptance mail/letter to work with me.

Call me for more oral explanation (+2347064353501) or provide your direct phone number.
Best Regards
Engr. Williams O. Olisa.

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