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What is Nigerian 419 scam/ Lottery Fraud?

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What is Nigerian 419 scam/ Lottery Fraud?

The so-called “419″ scam (aka “Nigeria scam” or “West African” scam) is a type of fraud named after an article of the Nigerian penal code under which it is prosecuted. It is also known as “Advance Fee Fraud” because the common principle of the entire scam format is to get the victim to send cash (or other items of value) upfront by promising them a large amount of money that they would receive later if they cooperate. In almost all cases, the criminals receive money using Western Union and Money Gram, instant wire transfer services with which the recipient can’t be traced once the money has been picked up. These are done by email or telephone!

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