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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: "prince _deen" <prince_deen@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:12:05 +0000
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL

>From the desk of: Eng.prince Deen
Executive Director/Financial Controller
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)
Falomo Office Annex
Lagos Nigeria


Dear Friend,

REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.

I am the financial controller of Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation
(NNPC). I got your Contact address from an associate working with
the
Nigerian Export Promotion Council. I and my colleagues are ministry
officials in charge of offshore remittance in this Corporation
(NNPC).
We
are seeking your assistance to transfer of Forty Two Million
(US$42,000,000.00) to your account for further private investment.

This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract amount for the
construction of an Oil Refinery Sub- stations in Nigeria in 1995 to
expatriate companies. The contract was originally valuedforone
Hundred and
Twenty Seven Million United States Dollar US$127,000,000.00) but we
manipulated the figure to read one Hundred and Sixty Nine Million
United
States Dollars($169,000,000.00) The extra $42,000,000.00 is what we
want to
transfer to your account.

This contract has been completely executed and the original
contractors
have
been paid all their contract bills less this $42,000,000.00 For
your
assistance, we have agreed to remunerate you with 30% because it is
impossible for us to claim the amount here in Nigeria without
foreign
collaboration. 5% has been mapped out for any miscellaneous
expenses
incurred by either party during this business, and 65% for my
colleagues and
myself.

It may interest you to know that four years ago, a similar
transaction
was
carried out with one Mr. Patrice Miller, the President of Craine
International Trading Corporation at number 135 East57thStreet,
28th
floor,New York.10022 with Tel: 212-308-7788 and TLX number 6731689.
Mr.
Patrice disappeared into thin air when he received the money. His
Telephone
and Telex numbers had been reallocated to other users by the time
we
arrived
New York for our share. This explains exactly why we will make a
concrete
agreement between you and us, should you be willing to assist in
this
deal.

All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent transfer of
this
money
have been worked out. This transaction is 100% risk free but
requires
100
percent confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity which must
not be
allowed to slip out of any careless acts and utterances. We chose
you
for
this transaction because we believe that good friends can be
discovered
and
businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can
be
rest
assured that your security has been considered beforeyouwere
contacted.

I await your urgent response.


Best Regards,
Eng.prince Deen


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