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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:

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:07:12 +0100

Hello Dear

Please don t be offended as i send this message to you i know it will
be strange to you but believe me, i got your contact through google
search when i was searching for whom i will TRUSTED this transaction,
as i saw your profille my mind tells me to explain it to you, if you
can be able to asiste me with honest and truth and trust, i assure
you there will be no any risk or problem, please don t see this as
scams or fakes online i know that many fakes and scammers are making
people afraid to believe things online but i assure you i am not here
to cheat or scam

All i need is your honesty, I am MR DAVID AARON OKADIGBO brother to
late senator CHUBA OKADIGBO he was one of powerful politician under
PDP party of nigeria, he was killed by government secretly, after his
death government are now traying to seizing all his property he keep
with UBA BANK AS FIX DEPOSIT, total amount (1.980 000 usd) one
millions nine hundread and eithy thousand us dollars, bank maneger
advice me to look for trusted person out of country to claim the money
as his bussines partiner , that is why i am contacting you to help me
receive the money because government is monitoring all my movement and
transaction, bank maneger promise it to help immidiately you receive
the money i will come to your country to take our own shares you have
of 30% of the total amount bank maneger 30% and me 40% i asure you
there will be no problem or risk all i need is your honesty and for
you to follow up with bank procedure iwill be aside to direct you , i
need your urgent reponse if you are interested and promise to be
honest with me, reply urgent so that i will give you the details

i am waiting for your urgent reponse thanks

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