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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Iain Harris," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:26:11 +0100

The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA)Plc London,
OGA Headquarters London,
OGA Building London,
Bloomsbury London,
United Kingdom (UK).

Attention: My dear friend,

With due respect, I am Iain Harris, the chief auditor of The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) London and I was mandated by my colleagues to seek for a trustworthy and reliable foreign partner, who will assist us to transfer the sum of $30.6M USD only into a safe foreign account pending on our arrival in your country for sharing and utilization of the fund with the owner of the bank account.

The truth of matter, during the time of annual audits of the year 2018, I discovered an abandoned huge amount of money, unclaimed since in the year 2016.Please I want you to present your humble self to claim the fund as the original beneficiary of the fund and so that, prepare/ process documents through a credited attorney in the high court of justice London will be in your favor as the all whole arrangements for the fund to released to you is successful. Please be rest assured, no risky involve and I and my colleagues have agreed that, if you can act as the beneficiary of this fund, you will retain 30% of the total fund, for the assistance rendered, while we would retain 60% of the total and the balance of 10% of the total fund will be set aside for the off-setting of all expenses that might be incurred by both parties during the transaction process.

Therefore, we would not want you to expose this proposal to anybody for its confidential nature. And Please be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk-free. Please, to enable us proceed successfully with documentation process in your favor to effect the payment in your bank account, your information details is highly needed for us to proceed immediately.

(1) Your full name, (2) your bank account information (3) your age, (4) your occuption (5) your telephone numbers

Please after going through this mail to you, send the reqirements immediately for us to proceed without delay.

Thanks for your corporation.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Iain Harris, the chief auditor,
OGA London.

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