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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: abdul mustapha <abdulmustapha17@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 08:08:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: urgent


FEDERAL CONTRACT REVIEW / AUDIT COMMITTEE
HEAD QUARTERS
LAGOS-NIGERIA,
FROM THE DESK OF:
DR ABDUL MUSTAPHA, .
TEL NO:234-1-4366047
ATTN: MANAGING DIRECTOR,
TRANSFER OF US$35,500,000.00 (THIRTY FIVE MILLION FIVE
HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) CONTRACT DEBT.
I AM EXTENDING THIS PROPOSAL TO YOU IN MY CAPACITY AS
AN ACCOUNTANT AND CHIEF OF THE REVIEW / AUDIT
COMMITTEE SCRUTINISING ALL RECORDS COVERING EXECUTED
CONTRACTS AWAREDED BY PAST MILITARY GOVERNMENT SANI ABACHA OF
NIGERIA. MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE DISCOVERED A
FLOATING AMOUNT OF (US$35.5M) WITHOUT A CLEAR
BENEFICIARY, OWING TO A DELIBERATE ACT OF
OVER-INVOICING AND INFLATION OF CONTRACT VALUE
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
THIS MONEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED FOR PAYMENT BY
Federal ministry of aviation AND IT
IS SECURED UNDER CONTRACT N0. FGN/AVIATION/03782638/CB/98.
AS TOP CIVIL SERVANTS, WE ARE NOT AUTHORISED TO
OPERATE FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS AND THIS IS WHY WE WANT
TO USE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY
OUTSIDE NIGERIA.
WE HAVE ACCEPTED YOU AS OUR FOREIGN
PARTNER AND WILL REGULARISE THE APPROVALS TO REFLECT
YOU AS THE TRUE BENEFICIARY UNDER THE CONTRACT.
WE HAVE SET IN MOTION THE MACHINERY FOR THE TAKE-OFF
OF THIS TRANSACTION AND FURTHER ACTION WILL COMMENCE
IMMEDIATELY WE HEAR FROM YOU.
WE AGREED THAT AFTER
THE TRANSFER OF THE MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT, YOU SHALL
BE ENTITLED TO 30%, THE OFFICIALS INVOLVED SHALL TAKE
60%,10% AS BEEN MAKED OUT TO PAY ALL INTERNATIONAL AND
LOCAL EXPENSES THAT WILL INCURE IN THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSFER,
THE NATURE OF YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT
PARTICULARLY RELEVANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS
TRANSACTION. ALL WE REQUEST IS YOUR WILLINGNESS TO
CO-OPERATE. ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN
TO ENSURE A NON-RISK SITUATION ON THE SIDE OF BOTH
PARTIES.
PLEASE NOTE: THAT THIS DEAL CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE ON
THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
1 YOU WILL PROVIDE THE NAME OF YOUR BANK
2 YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBERS/ACCOUNT NAME WHERE THIS MONEY
WILL BE TRANSFERED INTO,
THESE BANKING INFORMATIONS
WILL
ENABLE US SUBMIT APPLICATION OF CLAIMS FOR THE RELEASE
OF THIS FUND FROM THE CONCERNED DEPARTMENTS.
3 THE TRANSACTION SHOULD BE TREATED WITH UTMOST
CONFIDENTIALITY AND SINCERITY CONSIDERING THE CALIBRE
OF PEOPLE INVLOVED.
4 ASSURANCE THAT OUR SHARE WILL BE GIVEN TO US WHEN
WE DEMIND FOR OUR OWN SHARE.
5 YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR EASIER
COMMUNICATIONS,
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS DEAL, PLEASE CONTACT ME
IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS MAIL, FOR MORE
INFORMATIONS, THIS TRANSACTION WILL TAKE AT LEAST (14)
WORKING DAYS TO CONCLUDE WITH YOUR MAXIMUM
CO-OPERATION.
PLEASE TREAT THIS WITH THE STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY IT
DESERVES, AS I AWAITS FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
TRULY YOURS,
DR ABDUL MUSTAPHA,
TEL NO:234-1-4366047
MOBILE:234-8033767810




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