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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 Ogola Okello" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:54:18 +0200

My name is Barrister. Ogola Okello an attorney, law solicitor in Nairobi; Kenya, we represent the interest of wealthy politicians, chiefs and business tycoons mainly from east and southern parts of Africa. One of my client; DR. Riek Teny Dhurgon Machar (former vice president South Sudan has given me his mandate/irrevocable power of attorney to move and reinvest his liquid assets to a country with high economic divided for safe keeping and profit purpose, to be managed by a reliable/trustworthy business person/company.
The fund in question is  Hundred and Twenty Million United States Dollars, presently in Spain. If you are willing to receive this funds for reinvestment under a non- disclosure joint venture agreement for a renewable period of 5-10 years with an estimated (ROI) return on investments of between 7-10% each financial year.
Kindly reply with a brief of your intended business ideas/projects/areas of specialization you wish to secure investment for, after review of your intended project for investments, if acceptable, then I shall inform you in details about the financier and then prepare a memorandum of understanding, funds management agreements and send you draft copies for your review.
It will be necessary for us to meet in persons to discuss the details of funds transfer process, your investment/business plans, our physical meeting will also help us clear all doubts and fears of possible scams.This letter is being sent from Spain, as I am presently here for a brief meeting with the bank presently holding the funds.

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