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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: "Wisdom Chi" <wisdom_chi3@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: wisdom_chi3@yahoo.co.in
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:40:52 -0700
Subject: BEST REGARDS

NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
PRIVATE DESK OF: DR. WISDOM CHUKWU FINANCIAL CONTROLLER,
{EXCHANGE CONTROL DEPARTMENT, NATIONAL BANK OF NIGERIA.}
21, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island Lagos.


TRANSFER OF US$32 MILLION INTO YOUR ACCOUNT & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

ATTNS;Sir/Madam

To start with, I must plead your strictest confidence in this transaction.
This is by virtue of its nature, as I know this is an unconventional way of
introducing a business, but if you can read my letter carefully, you will
understand the necessity for my action. I am Wisdom Chukwu, the
Financial Controller,Contract Award division Of the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).ATTACHED TO NBN.

Some years ago, a contract was awarded to two German (GMBH) Companies by my
committee on behalf of NNPC; the total contract value was US$50 million
but members of my committee deliberately added extra US$32million to
enable us benefit from the project. The companies have been paid fully the
total sum of US$50million since they have completed the project, but we
still
have the over invoiced sum of $32million left in the government account
with the National Bank of Nigeria which we intend to share but not until it
is transferred into a foreign account.

To enable us transfer this money into a foreign account, we were able to
convince the President that we left us$32million because the above
companies have abandoned the project without finishing the maintenance
portion of the contract. On the above reason, the President has approved
that we find another company to finish the maintenance portion and pay the
balance
of us$32million to the company. There is no work to be performed by you or
your company ,rather we shall issue a coverage letter stating that your
company have performed all the internal work to the Kaduna Refinery as
maintenance only which does not involve any work outside the building
structure itself.

If you agree to this proposal, we have agreed that the following funds will
be shared thus after it has been paid into your account; a) 30% of the
money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the fund. b) 10% has
been set aside for reimbursement for incidental expenses that you may be
incurred in the course of the transaction. c) 60% to us (which we wish to
commence
an important business in conjunction with you).I would therefore require

(a) Name and address of Company/ Beneficiary
(b) Company bank details
(c) your personal telephone and fax numbers.

This information would be used to make formal applications as a matter of
procedure for the release of the money from the National Bank of Nigeria
and onward transfer to your nominated account. It does not matter whether
or not your company or you do contract projects of the nature described
here. We want this money to be transferred to a foreign account, which you
shall provide bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct
forbids us from running foreign account.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter if you are interested and
send the above required information for more details on this transaction,I
assure you that this is a 100% risk free project. I wait in anticipation
of your cooperation.

Best Regards
DR. WISDOM CHUKWU

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER


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