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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.Ogar Aaron" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:19:43 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir


I decided to first and foremost send this to you privately and
confidentially to circumvent certain 'Entrenched interests" that have
sat on your fund for so long now. You are one of the forensic audit
Report victims of illegal diversion of Millions of dollars from the
Petroleum Resources Ministry in Nigeria,which legitimately and legally
belong to foreign contractors and investors and their families.
Fortunately, a lot of the diverted funds have been recovered and
deposited in two of our banks in United States from where the victims
are being paid. Quickly Send to us via
< > a reconfirmation of your
name, address,working telephone number and the method through which
you prefer to be paid your recovered payment.

Best Regards
Barr. Ogar Aaron
FOR: Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

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