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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:

Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 04:58:31 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Urgent=20Business=2DContract=20=20?=



Having consulted with my colleagues, and based on the
information gathered, I have the privilege to request for
your assistance to transfer the sum of fourteen million
United State Dollars only ($14,000,000.00) into your
account. The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced
contract which was executed,commissioned and paid for about
three years ago by a foreign contractor.

This action was however intentional and since then the fund
has been in a suspense account of a bank in Nigeria which
is the bank giving the mandate to pay this total amount.
Having been ready now to transfer this funds
overseas, your immediate assistance is needed to actualize
this transaction. It is important to inform you that as
civil servants, we are forbidden to operate a foreign
account,that is why we require your assistance.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60 % for us, 30%
for you and 10% for local and international expenses
incidental to the transfer. The transfer is risk free on
both sides and you will be indemnify against any risk as
regards to your title to the contract sum. I am the chief
accountant of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC). If you find this proposal acceptable,this business
will take us fourteen (14) working days to accomplish.

For confidential reasons, please ensure that you keep this
proposal strictly to yourself without discussing it with a
third party for security reasons. To facilitate the
transfer of this funds,you are required to send to me as
soon as possible the following information: Your company's
name and address, telephone and fax numbers, Bank
information where this funds will be transfered. This
information will enable me to secure payment approvals of
this funds from the Government of Nigeria. I will furnish
you with more information once i hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Malik.

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