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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: "Kunle Johnson" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:30:05 +0000

Dear Sir,

Request For Urgent Business Relationship

We have the pleasure to make this surprising but mutually benefiting
business proposal. I am a member of the newly inaugurated committee for the
privatization of the refineries of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, in Nigeria. The members of the committee are interested in the
importation of goods into the country with funds presently floating in the
Central Bank of Nigeria / Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
foreign payments account. I got your address through the office of the
Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The federal military government of Nigeria, intends to lease the three
existing petroleum refineries to private individuals and companies. This is
to make the refineries more viable, resourceful and to eliminate undue
wastage and fraud. This privatization is in-line with the recommendations of
the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for
future financial assistance.

The refineries are heavily indebted to many companies and my committee has
the mandate (task) of compiling the names of these companies and debt owed
them and also recommend for payment, all contracts that have been fully
executed. With our position in the committee, which comprises of my
ministry, federal ministry of petroleum resources, Nigerian National
Petroleum corporation (NNPC), the federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we have successfully secured for ourselves,
the sum of US $73,000,000 (seventy-three million United States Dollars).
This sum was acquired by carefully inflating the amount of indebtedness by
this amount (US $73,000,000). We need a reliable company to be included in
the list of companies to be paid. This company will be paid for a contract
executed in Kaduna Refinery in 1993.

I was therefore mandated in trust by members of the committee, to seek a
foreign partner into whose account we could transfer the sum of US
$73,000,000, hence I am writing you this letter. We have agreed to share the
funds thus:

1) 70% for us (the committee members)

2) 20% for you (the account owner)

3) 10% will be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses
that will be incurred in the course of this transaction

It is from our 70% that we wish to commence the importation business. We
also need assurance from you that you will let us have our share once the
inflated amount (US $73,000,000.00) is transferred into your account.

The payment will be done by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its
correspondent bank. What we need from you, is that you provide a vital
account into which the funds will be transferred/lodged.

Note that this transaction is 100% safe and guaranteed since the law under
which our committee was set up, has empowered us to disburse all the funds.

We shall commence the transfer of the funds immediately we receive the
following information by Tel/Fax: :

1) Your company name and full address

2) Your bank's name, telephone and fax number

3) Your account number and name of would be beneficiary

The above information will enable us put up letters of claim and job
description to the respective ministries for the issuance of the mandatory
fund release approval/recommendations. This way, your company will be
recognized and accepted as the beneficiary of the contract entitlements
before the final remittance to your nominated account, by the Central Bank
of Nigeria, being paying bank.

Note that we will be responsible for the payment of the federal inland
revenue tax on behalf of your company and a contract agreement between your
company and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation shall be drawn up
and antedated showing that your company has a legitimate contract with the
NNPC and must be paid.

We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit absolute
confidentiality from you in this transaction. Please acknowledge receipt of
this letter, using the above Telefax number for more details regarding this
transaction. Also endeavor to send the requested information.

Kunle Johnson
On Behalf of the
Committe on privatization of the refineries.

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