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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: "williams oje" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 08:28:51 +0000

Dear Friend,

First, I must apologise to you for using this medium
to communicate to
about this project.

I am a highly placed official of Government of
Nigeria and also a
founding member of the ruling party in Power now,the
Peoples Democratic

My committee - The Niger Delta Development
Corporation(NDDC)-which is
charge of managing and supervising the disbursement
of oil sales
for the Nigerian government which covers payment to
foreign and local
contractors who has executed contracts for our
country.The revenues
our control runs into several hundred of millions of
dollars monthly.My
self and other colleagues in the NDDC are currently in
need of a
partner with whose bank account we shall transfer the
sum of Forty Nine
Million Five Hundred Thosand United States
Dollars($49.5m).This fund
accrued from various over invoicing of foreign
contractors payments made
over the years. The Total fund is presently waiting in the Government
Account named CBN/FGN INDEPENDENT REVENUE account number 400-939134
with J.P.MORGAN CHASE BANK,New York.You can do your independent
verification of this.
However, by virtue of our position as civil servants
and members of the NDDC, we cannot acquire this funds in our name. This
is because as top civil servants, we are not allowed by law of the land
to own or operate bank accounts outside our country for now.

I have been delegated as a matter of trust by my
colleagues,to look for an overseas partner in whose account we
would transfer the fund Hence the reason for this mail.We shall be
Transferring the money to your account with your company as the beneficiary
and you
are been paid for a contract which you executed for our country through
the NDDC and any other Federal Ministry that we decide to use to siphon the
funds through.

For your support and partnership,please reply me to
negotiate your fees or the percentage you wish to be paid when the funds
arrive your bank account.

You must however note that this transaction, with
regards to our disposition to continue with you, is
subject to these terms. Firstly, our conviction of your
transparency.Secondly, that you treat this transaction with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Finally and above all, that you
will provide an account that you have absolute control over.

The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and
there is no risk or legal disadvantages either to ourselves
or yourself now or in the future as we have put in place perfect
mchineries that will ensure a hitch free transfer into your account upon
The transfer will be effected to your account within
ten-fourteen (10-14) working days as soon as we reach an agreement
and you furnish me with a suitable bank account and company name and
address with all your contact numbers including fax number.

I am looking forward to doing business with you and do
solicit your confidentiality in this transaction, Please mail
your response to me.

Yours faithfully,

Williams Oje.

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