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21st Mar '18 8:42:34 PM nombretomado
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* Michael Scott on ''Series/TheOffice'' has been mentioned to support "about twenty Nigerian princesses".

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* Michael Scott on ''Series/TheOffice'' ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' has been mentioned to support "about twenty Nigerian princesses".
19th Mar '18 10:06:18 AM Nohbody
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* In one of the ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo Grantville Gazette]]'' short stories, this scam is applied against members of minor nobility by some who were familiar with it from uptime 20th century literature, with said nobility being too concerned about their reputation to try to assist catching the perpetrator.
10th Mar '18 11:20:39 AM RedScharlach
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In RealLife, the term "419 scam" derives from the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code; however, it's used to refer to all scams of this kind, even when they don't involve Nigeria or bank accounts at all. The RealLife workings of this trope are explained in greater detail on the [[Analysis/FourOneNineScam Analysis page]]. But to be a trope, it helps to be a shorthand, and that's why it nearly always involves a Nigerian with a big bank account he can't access. This Nigerian is also often a prince, even though Nigeria is a republic and not a monarchy (not that the mark would be expected to know this).

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In RealLife, the term "419 scam" derives from the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code; however, it's used to refer to all scams of this kind, even when they don't involve Nigeria or bank accounts at all. The RealLife workings of this trope are explained in greater detail on the [[Analysis/FourOneNineScam Analysis page]]. But to be a trope, it helps to be a use shorthand, and that's why it nearly always involves a Nigerian with a big bank account he can't access. This Nigerian is also often a prince, even though Nigeria is a republic and not a monarchy (not that the mark would be expected to know this).



* The epilogue of ''Literature/HaltingState'' features an apparant 419 scam email addressed to the book's villain. [[spoiler:Given what we know at the end of the book, the email could be taken at face value, indicating that the villain stashed his ill-gotten gains in a Nigerian bank.]]

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* The epilogue of ''Literature/HaltingState'' features an apparant apparent 419 scam email addressed to the book's villain. [[spoiler:Given what we know at the end of the book, the email could be taken at face value, indicating that the villain stashed his ill-gotten gains in a Nigerian bank.]]
1st Jan '18 10:44:39 AM JMQwilleran
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* The game ''VisualNovel/RePrinceOfNigeria'' is mainly about a girl who does not get that she is being scammed and even ends up falling in love with this supposed "Prince", played for laughs.

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* The game ''VisualNovel/RePrinceOfNigeria'' is mainly about a girl who does not get that she is being scammed and even ends up falling in love with this supposed "Prince", played for laughs. In fact, from the get-go she doesn't care one iota about the money and is only interested in pursuing romance with this supposed prince.
23rd Dec '17 6:26:00 PM SteveMB
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* In one episode of ''Blog/TextsFromSuperheroes'', [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] [[http://textsfromsuperheroes.com/image/126467709993 falls for one]].
18th Dec '17 10:03:13 AM MikeW
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-->'''Roger''': Andy, delete it, it's a total scam.
-->'''Andy''': Gee, you think?
-->'''Roger''': Yup. I'm getting $20 million from a Ugandan for $350.
-->'''Andy''': This is where you say "just kidding..."
18th Dec '17 9:28:08 AM MikeW
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* On ''Series/HenryDanger'', Piper asks her father for a thousand dollars as she just got an e-mail from a foreign prince, saying anyone who shares that can get a million dollars. Naturally, her father thinks it's a scam and tells Piper if she wants the money, earn it herself. Piper spends the episode on various nutty schemes and jobs and is close to raising the money. Her dad tells his wife he'll wait for her to almost have it all before telling her the whole thing is a fraud. At which point, a news story breaks on how the prince is real, sent these e-mails out and the only person who responded with the money is Piper's arch-rival from school who is not only now rich but dating the prince. Piper gives her dad an ugly look as he just has an "oops?" expression.
11th Dec '17 5:45:00 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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In RealLife, the term "419 scam" derives from the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code; however, it's used to refer to all scams of this kind, even when they don't involve Nigeria or bank accounts at all. The RealLife workings of this trope are explained in greater detail on the [[Analysis/FourOneNineScam Analysis page]]. But to be a trope, it helps to be a shorthand, and that's why it nearly always involves a Nigerian with a big bank account he can't access. This Nigerian is also often a prince, in spite of the fact that Nigeria is a republic and not a monarchy (not that the mark would be expected to know this).

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In RealLife, the term "419 scam" derives from the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code; however, it's used to refer to all scams of this kind, even when they don't involve Nigeria or bank accounts at all. The RealLife workings of this trope are explained in greater detail on the [[Analysis/FourOneNineScam Analysis page]]. But to be a trope, it helps to be a shorthand, and that's why it nearly always involves a Nigerian with a big bank account he can't access. This Nigerian is also often a prince, in spite of the fact that even though Nigeria is a republic and not a monarchy (not that the mark would be expected to know this).
10th Dec '17 9:47:25 PM DustSnitch
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Compare ClickbaitGag, a trope that parodies a later manipulative internet tactic meant to get make money off of people's gullibility.
6th Nov '17 10:35:09 AM CyberController
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* Youtuber Youtube/{{KSI}}, who is Nigerian English, referenced this once. In his video "How to be Rich on Ultimate Team", he told the viewers to send their ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' data and bank accounts to the email address [=419NigerianPrinceEA@hotmail.com=] in order to get a [[BlatantLies "blessing"]].

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* Youtuber Youtube/{{KSI}}, Creator/{{KSI}}, who is Nigerian English, referenced this once. In his video "How to be Rich on Ultimate Team", he told the viewers to send their ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' data and bank accounts to the email address [=419NigerianPrinceEA@hotmail.com=] in order to get a [[BlatantLies "blessing"]].
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