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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: "Tunde Obasanjo & Co" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 14:18:55 -0700
Subject: TUNDE OBASANJO & CO.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Sir/Madam, Mine, is a law firm highly connected to the office of the P=
resident of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I found out (having known abou=
t your pending payment from the Government Gazettes) that some unscrupulous=
officials and their cronies are frustrating you so that you will forget yo=
ur contract/inheritance fund, hence they will divert it. My request now is =
that you engage my services to be your authorized attorney. I will pursue a=
nd ensure your contract/inheritance fund is paid to your nominated account =
without delay. Be informed that being highly connected to the Government of=
the day, I understand the politics involve in paying foreign beneficiaries=
. I presume, people contact you regularly from within and outside Nigeria. =
You will always be contacted (even while working with me) as long as the re=
cords here show your payment is still pending. My main objective of contact=
ing you is to know what will be my interest, as soon as this money is relea=
se to you by my office. You should ignore all such faxes, emails and calls =
now, so that we can work together without anybody jeopardizing my effort. A=
ny bank charges (if any again) will be deducted through the procurement of =
the Deduction Permit/BOND. Get back to me, reconfirm your direct telephone/=
fax numbers/Contract Details as well as Bank Information. Keep this arrange=
ment between us absolutely secret, as I do not want to be accused of taking=
advantage of my brother=92s involvement with this Government. It will be p=
ractically impossible to get your money without due process properly execut=
ed by a Financial Attorney well connected to the Government of Gen. Muhamma=
du Buhari GCFR {retired}. Even if you do not accept my offer, I will sincer=
ely advise you to find time yourself to come and regularize your defective =
instead of fruitless exchange of fax/Email messages with offices/impostors =
here. For prompt action, send your reply with details to my reply to E-mail=
address which I can receive anywhere in the world. If I get your acceptanc=
e today, I will commence action immediately, please call me on receipt of t=
his mail if you still want to receive the said approved fund. Yours in serv=
ice, Barr. Tunde Obasanjo {SAN} Financial Attorney/Legal Consultant. Altern=
ative E-mail: Tel: +234-90-99718642.=20

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