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From Nigeria to North Carolina, the 419 Scam Gets Closer to Home

by Neal O'Farrell on November 11th, 2010

It’s called the Nigerian 419 scam, because it was so successfully exploited by scammers in Nigeria the Nigerian Government was forced to include it in its penal code (#419). It’s also known as an “advance fee fraud” and the scam usually involves the victims being tricked into paying a series of fees up-front in the expectation that they will eventually receive an inheritance, treasure, or gift that amounts to millions of dollars.

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