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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: "Owowa E. Egobia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 10:46:51 +0100
Subject: Contact me immediately.

I am Barrister Owowa E. Egobia, I am a Human Right lawyer and activist. It is my pleasure to write you concerning this good news, the Nigeria Anti Fraud Unit arrested one Mr. Princewell Arinze a Fraudster Kingpin. During interrogations he confessed that he duped you and some many other people of a lot of money which he used to build many houses, buy landed properties, cars and shares from companies. It may interest you to know that the said fraudster will be sued to court for perpetuated act of fraud, forgery and impersonation. I will put your name in a suit case against him and stand in as your attorney. Be informed that you will not pay me anything as i run an NGO that fight for fraud victims and less privileged. You will not be charged for consultation fee or mobilization fee. All i need is your cooperation to get justice prevail. You are to as a matter of urgency confirm to us your full name, address and mobile phone number to prepare the case file.
I will awaits your prompt response.
Yours faithfully,
Barrister Owowa E. Egobia
Principal Officer/founder
Owowa law firm and human rights foundations.
529 Denis osankwa road, Asaba
Delta State Nigeria
Direct Telephone: +2348118692512

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