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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: "Johnson Moses" <johnsonmoses_nnpc@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: johnsonmoses_nnpc@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 13:36:37 -0600
Subject: FROM: ENGR Johnson Moses .

FROM: ENGR Johnson Moses .
RE: FOREIGN RECEIVERSHIP/BENEFICIARY

DEAR PARTNER:

MY PARTNERS AND I ARE ACTIVE MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS OFTHE NIGERIAN NATIONAL
PETROLUEM CORPORATION. WE WOULD LIKE TO EMPLOY YOUR EFFORTS TO ACT AS THE
RECEIVER/BENEFICIARY OF A CONTRACT SUM WORTH $8.5M. THEMONEY LEGALLY BELONGS
TO US; BEING PROCEEDS FROMCONTRACT DEALS SECRETLY EXECUTED ON OUR BEHALFOVER
THE YEARS.

OUR MASTERPLAN IS TO MAKE YOU THE CHIEF BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUND BY WAY
OFADVANCING YOU AS A CONTRACTOR TO WHOM THE CORPORATION IS INDEBTED, To THE
TUNE OF$8.5M. THE BLUEPRINT IS100% TESTED AND WORKABLE TO THE LETTER.
YOU WILL ONLY NEED TO BE IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE APEX BANK [VIATELEPHONE,
E-MAIL, & FAX] UNTIL THE MONEY IS REMITTED INTO ANY BANK ACCOUNT NORMINATED
BY YOU.

WE HAVE AGREED TO OFFER YOU 10% ($.85M) FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE.
PLEASE GET BACK TO US FOR FULL DETAILS.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,

ENGR Johnson Moses K.


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