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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Dr Lawrence Agbola <agbola2007@superdada.com>
Date: 5 Jan 2007 21:49:56 -0000
Subject: Happy new year 2007!


Federal Ministry of Health

Hospital management Board

Garki, Abuja.

Happy new year 2007!

We apologies for any in convince that this mail might cause you, especially from a stranger you have not met before now. I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise but you just have to bear with us. However, i choose to reach you via e-mail message as it remains the fastest and more secured way for communication.

The federal ministry of health and the hospital management board awarded in 2005 for the building,repair,maintenance and supply of drugs to all public hospitals in our federation to a foreign company. This contract was supervised by my committee

We were able to over invoice this contract amount to the tune of $10.5m (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand united states of American dollars. This fund which is in a suspence account with our Apex bank, Being a civil servant we cannot keep such amount in our personal bank account here in my country and we cannot also operate any foreign bank account in our name as a civil servant.

This has been a major hindrance on our side and so we decide to contact you as our foreign partner to work with us for mutual benefits as our foreign contractor. This $10.5m, will be shared as follows. $3.5m (ONLY) will be your share if you accept to work with us as partners. The balance $7million is what you will give us when we meet you in your country.

All modalities towards the transfer of these fund $10.5m is now in place, we await any account of your choice to begin the transfer as a matter of urgency. We have done our home work very well and we assure you of 100% risk free transaction and you must keep this matter very confidential to yourself please.

If you find this proposal interesting to you, you can go ahead and reply me Asap.

Cheers and God bless.

Yours truly.

Dr Lawrence Agbola.



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