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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. Albert Idiaka" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:08:29 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,

REPLY TO:+1 940 337 4592

Dear Friend,

I am ALBERT IDIAKA, the former Assistant Director of Project, Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC.

I am interested in investing in your country but i am faced with the
problem of finding a trustworthy partner who will advice me on the viable
areas to invest in and at the same time, act as my representative. It
is on this reason that i am contacting you.

Please, indicate your interest by contacting me on
for more details.

Yours Sincerely,

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