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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: (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 16:35:33 +0100
Subject: notification request

From Engineer Dan Etiebet
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC),
P.o. Box 256 wuse2 Abuja,

Attn: Please

I am Engr. Dan Etiebet, The Director of the Contractors Award and
Review Department
with the Nigerian national Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I am
contacting you on this
business of transferring the sum of US$23,615,000.00 (Twenty-three
million, six hundred
and fifteen thousand Unites States Dollars only) into a safe foreign
account and the need
is very urgent. I got your contact from the Nigerian Chambers of
Commerce and it is
with business trust that made me to contact you on this matter. I write
to solicit for the
transfer of this money into your account.

This money was generated from an over invoiced contract sum in my
corporation (NNPC).
I am contacting you for your help and partnership for the following two
1. As a civil servant, I am not permitted to own foreign accounts due
to civil service
code of conduct.
2. My present financial resources as a civil servant will not be
sufficient for me to
handle the transfer alone successfully without financial assistance
from a reliable
foreign partner abroad. 20% of this sum would be for you as
compensation for using your
Bank account in transferring this money, 5% would be used to reimburse
the expenses made
by both parties during the processing of the transferring which
include, telephone
bills, traveling expenses and fees. While 75% is for me.

Please note that I will arrange to meet with you immediately after the
conclusion of the transfer, the 75% share of mine will be used for
investment overseas. Your
assistance and co-operation is highly needed. I assure you that this
transaction is
100% risk free. If you are interested I will require your banking
information as
mentioned below:

1. Name to be used as beneficiary
2. Your private and confidential telephone/fax number(s).
3. Your bank name and address, your bank telephone and fax number(s).
4. Or if you are not comfortable with providing your existing account,
you can within
the shortest possible time, confidentially open an entirely new
(Virgin) account for the
transaction. I would prefer this arrangement. I hope to conclude this
business within
the next fourteen (14) working days. Looking forward to your
anticipated and urgent
positive response please reply through this email address:

Dan Etiebet

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