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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr Johnson Obieze" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 10:50:06 +0200

From the desk of: Chief Accoutant. Dr Johnson Obieze Executive Director/Financial Controller
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)
Falomo Office Annex
Lagos Nigeria
Email Addres
Dear Sir,
I am the financial controller of Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC).
I and my colleagues are ministry
officials in charge of offshore remittance in this Corporation
(NNPC). We are seeking your assistance to transfer of Forty Two
Million (US$42,000,000.00) to your account for further private
This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract
amount for the construction of an Oil Refinery Sub-
Stations in Nigeria in 1995 to expatriate companies. The
contract was originally valued for one Hundred
and Twenty Seven Million United States Dollar US$127,000,000.00)
but we manipulated the figure to read one Hundred and Sixty Nine
Million United States
Dollars($169,000,000.00) The extra $42,000,000.00 is what we
want to transfer to your account.
This contract has been completely executed and the original
contractors have been paid all their contract bills less this
For your assistance, we have agreed to remunerate you with 30%
because it is impossible for us to claim
the amount here in Nigeria without foreign collaboration. 5% has
been mapped out for any miscellaneous expenses incurred by
either party during this business, and 65% for my colleagues and
It may interest you to know that four years ago, a
similar transaction was carried out with one Mr.
Patrice Miller, the President of Craine International Trading
Corporation at number 135 East 57th Street, 28th Floor,New
York.10022 with Tel: 212-308-7788 and
TLX number 6731689. Mr. Patrice disappeared into thin
air when he received the money. His Telephone and Telex numbers
had been reallocated to other users by
the time we arrived New York for our share. This explains
exactly why we will make a concrete agreement between you and
us, should you be willing to assist in this deal.
All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent
transfer of this money have been worked out. This transaction is
100% risk free but rquires 100 percent
confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity which must not be
allowed to slip out of any careless acts and utterances.
We chose you for this transaction because we believe that good
friends can be discovered and businesses such as this cannot be
realized without trust. You can rest assured that your security
has been considered
before you were contacted.
I await your urgent response.
Alternative / Email Addres
Best Regards,
Chief Accoutant. Dr Johnson Obieze

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