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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: edumason@handbag.com
Reply-To: edumason5@hotmail.com
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 12:09:00 +0100
Subject: FROM:MR CHRIS EDUMASON

FROM:MR CHRIS EDUMASON
CHIEF ACCOUNTANT
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORP.
PRIVATE ID:edumason3@yahoo.com or TEL;234-8033533345

URGENT ATTENTION / CONFIDENTIALITY

ATTN:SIR,

YOU MAY BE SURPRISE TO RECEIVE THIS LETTER BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL
WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY.I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU BY EMAIL
DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THIS BUSINESS. LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF
PROPERLY TO YOU I AM"MR CHRIS EDUMASON,THE CHIEF ACCOUNTANT OF THE NIGERIAN
NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION {NNPC}. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY PRIVATE
SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION
WHICH INVOLVES THE PAYMENT OF THE SUM OF[US$32M] THHIRTY-TWO MILLION UNITED
STATES DOLLARS TO A FOREIGN PARTNER.THIS AMOUNT WAS SECURED FROM EXCESS
OIL SALES FROM NIGERIA CRUDE OIL. THE SUM OF $1.2BILLION U.S DOLLARS OIL
WINDFALL WAS REALIZED BY THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION FOR
THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2002.

THE ORGANISATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES {OPEC} CRUDE OIL PRICE
WAS PEG AT $22.00 PER BARREL AND FORTUNATELY FOR OIL PRODUCING COUNTIRES
LIKE NIGERIA,THERE WAS RISES IN OIL SALES IN THE OIL MARKET AND I BELIEVE
YOU WOULD BE AWARE OF THIS RISE IN OIL PRICE.OUT OF THIS $1.2 BILLION DOLLARS
EXCESS OIL FUNDS,MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THE ACCOUNT DEPARTMENT OF THE
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION DIVERTED THE SUM OF THIRTY-TWO
MILLION U.S DOLLARS[US$32M] WHICH IS IN THE EXCESS CRUDE OIL ACCOUNT AND
WHICH WE WANT YOU TO RECEIVE AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUND.

THE REASON FOR THE PAYMENT OF THIS FUND TO YOU WILL BE FOR A MOBILISATION
FEE OF A CONTRACT THAT IS AWARDED TO YOU BY THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM
CORPORATION AND THIS MONEY WILL BE PAID TO YOU AS A CONTRACTOR WITH THE
NNPC TO AVOID THE TRACE OF THIS MONEY AFTER THIS BUSINESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
THE PURPOSE OF PAYMENT OF THIS MONEY TO YOU WILL BE RECORDED FOR THE SUPPLY
OF COMPUTER REMOTES PERIPHERALS RS-232,DB 25 CONNECTORS HIGH QUALITY CIRCUIT
FOR PLANT D-J TO KADUNA REFINERY,ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION FOR THE
APPROVAL OF THIS FUND IN YOUR FAVOUR WILL BE TAKEN GOOD CARE OF AND THIS
BUSINESS IS 100% RISK FREE WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM BECAUSE ALL THE ARRANGEMENT
FOR THE PAYMENT OF THIS FUND TO YOU HAS BEEN COMPLETED.THIS FUND WILL BE
SHARED BETWEEN US IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS IMMEDAITELY YOU RECEIVE THIS MONEY.

{1}TWENTY PERCENT WILL BE FOR YOU FOR ASSISTING US IN RECEIVING THIS FUND.

{2}FIVE PERCNT WILL BE SET ASIDE TO REIMBURSE ANY PART OF EXPENSES INCURED
IN THIS BUSINESS DURING THE PAYMENT OF THIS MONEY TO YOU.
{3)SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT WILL BE FOR ME AND MY COLLEAGUES.

I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY TO MY DIRECT EMAIL:edumason3@yahoo.com

NOTE:WE WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL THE EXPENSES LOCALLY
YOURS FAITHFULLY,

MR CHRIS EDUMASON
CHIEF ACCOUNTANT
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORP


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