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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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From: Mr. Edwin Obasanjo <>
Date: 30 Sep 2021 05:44:57 +0200
Subject: GOOD BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP ..................................................

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Date: 30 - 09 - 2021.

Time: 07:55 am - Nigerian Time.
Telephone Number: +234-9065018186

From:  Mr. Edwin Obasanjo   ( Executive director ).

    I personally do not need your money. Rather I need your honest  assistance/partnership in order to help me receive the sum of  (US$65Million) which my late client/customer deposited with   DIAMOND FIDELITY BANK PLC   . My name is Mr. Edwin Obasanjo the son of Chief Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, a Nigerian political and military leader who served as Nigeria's head of state from 1976-1979 and later as its President from 1999 to 2007, Am     The   Head of  International Operations of DIAMOND FIDELITY BANK PLC   , Calabar -Nigeria. My  client/customer (Engr. Wang Yu) was an oil trade mogul who actually is among the passengers of MH370 or MAS370 a scheduled international passenger flight operated by Malaysia Airlines that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport. The crew of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft last communicated with air traffic control (ATC) around 38 minutes after takeoff when the flight was over the South China Sea. The aircraft was lost from ATC radar screens minutes later, but was tracked by military radar for another hour, deviating westwards from its planned flight path, crossing the Malay Peninsula and Andaman Sea.It left radar range 200 nautical miles (370 km) northwest of Penang Island in northwestern Malaysia With all 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard presumed dead, the disappearance of Flight 370 was the deadliest incident involving a Boeing 777 and the deadliest in Malaysia Airlines' history.

The search for the missing airplane, which became the most costly in aviation history, focused initially on the South China and Andaman seas, before analysis of the aircraft's automated communications with an Inmarsat satellite identified a possible crash site somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. The lack of official information in the days immediately after the disappearance prompted fierce criticism from the Chinese public, particularly from relatives of the passengers; most people on board Flight 370 were of Chinese origin. Several pieces of marine debris confirmed to be from the aircraft washed ashore in the western Indian Ocean during 2015 and 2016. After a three-year search across 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 sq mi) of ocean failed to locate the aircraft,the Joint Agency Coordination Centre heading the operation suspended their activities in January 2017. A second search launched in January 2018 by the private contractor Ocean Infinity also ended without success after six months.     You can read more on the site for authentication and confirmation of this legitimate and legal transection (  wik i/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_ 370   ) .       As a matter of fact, I want to move this money into your bank  account before I can come over to your country to invest. I actually  want to relocate to your country to start up a new life, so I want you  to help me receive this money and also inform me of any good business  which I can invest into because once the US$65Million is transferred  into your bank account I will reward you with 60% (percent) of the  total money. I will certainly provide you with more details as soon as  I read your response indicating your interest to partner with me.

    Based on my influence as the Account Officer of my late  client/customer, please I will like to present you as the new  beneficiary/business partner/Next of Kin who will receive this SAFE  money. The process to have this money transferred into your bank  account is very simple, safe and legal based on my influence as a  professional banker.

Please reply to me immediately because this business transaction is 100%  SAFE. 


Mr. Edwin Obasanjo .

Executive Director.

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