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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: "Mr. Bitrus Yakubu" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 21:58:05 +0800
Subject: Can I Trust You With This?

From Mr. Bitrus Yakubu

I am Mr. Bitrus Yakubu, a younger brother to Dr. Andrew Yakubu, the troubled former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

After the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) busted one of our family house apartment in February 2017 to discover over $10 million USD cash inside the house belonging to my brother, my elder brother gave me a security connection that moved another €12 million Euro to Europe for safe keep.

I am contacting you now in confidence and trust that you will keep this information secret and assist to receive the fund from a security custody in Europe for an investment purpose.

So if you are able and trusted to receive this fund, then get back to me urgently with your full name and telephone number for proper information. But if not interested, then please delete this message and do not worry to reply me.

You can read more info below; we-recovered-9-8million-from- yakubu-ex-nnpc-gmd-efcc/

I await your response,

Best regards,
Mr. Bitrus Yakubu

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