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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: "moses ibori" <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 03:32:25 +0700
Subject: Thanks


My name is Moses Ibori, elder brother of His Excellency James Onanefe
Ibori, former governor of oil rich Delta state, Nigeria. See:

With due respect, I have contacted you on a transaction which will be
beneficial to both parties at the end of it.

The business is that you assist me claim the sum of (US$50,000,000),
which James Ibori deposited in a Security Company, with documents I
poses.please get back to me with your full information.

Reply via my email:

Moses Ibori

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