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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: Abosede Aderibigbe <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:52:25 +0100

I salute you
My name: Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe

My name is Abosede Aderibigbe, Nationality Nigeria,
I wanted to invest in your country and I am
Looking for a partner, an honest person that i can
trust. Because once I do a search
On how to invest in your country, they
Must have a partner in your country, and this is the
Reason why I wanted to contact you for
Help me realize my project, and I owe
Great reward for your total help.
I went to the embassy of your country, which is where they gave me the
idea of Investment and I have to collaborate with someone that knows more about the country,
Which is the reason why I come to the Internet to
To find a reliable person who would resist
partner. That is why I contacted you, to see
If you can help me realize my project and also, and
I also want to buy a house where me and my children
Live, my dream is to install and live a life
I have a plan to invest in real estate or
Agriculture, trade, but I do not know the one that is profitable.

That is why I contacted you. Send me your
Telephone number, so that we can
Talk more about the phone. thank you for your

If there are still projects that can bring more than
Profit, you should let me know. And tell me more about

Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe.

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