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The money could be in the form of gold bullion, gold dust, money in a bank account, blood diamonds, a series of checks or bank drafts, and so forth.The sums involved are usually in the millions of dollars, and the investor is promised a large share, typically ten to forty percent, in return for assisting the fraudster to retrieve or expatriate the money.They refer to their targets as Maghas, slang developed from a Yoruba word meaning "fool" and referring to gullible white people.Some scammers have accomplices in the United States and abroad that move in to finish the deal once the initial contact has been made.419 scammers often mention false addresses and use photographs taken from the Internet or from magazines to falsely represent themselves.Often a photograph used by a scammer is not a picture of any person involved in the scheme.The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they originate in other nations as well.

Other official-looking letters were sent from a writer who said he was a director of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.One reason Nigeria may have been singled out is the apparently comical, almost ludicrous nature of the promise of West African riches from a Nigerian prince.According to Cormac Herley, a Microsoft researcher, "By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible, the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select." In Nigeria, scammers use computers in Internet cafés to send mass emails promising potential victims riches or romance, and to trawl for replies.If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears.According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), "An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return." There are many variations of this type of scam, including the 419 scam (also known as the Nigerian Prince scam), the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.

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