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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 STANLEY LAWSON <slipd1010@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <slnnpcprequalification@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 04:51:09 -0600
Subject: PRE-QUALIFICATION EXERCISE CONFIRM




PRE-QUALIFICATION EXERCISE

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, CONTRACT AWARD AND PAYMENT DEPARTMENT.NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC). NNPC TOWER-HERBERT MACAULAY WAY, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, GARKI ABUJA

ATTENTION: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR

AN INVITATION FOR BIDING
YOUR COMPANY IS HEREBY INVITED FOR APPLICATION ON CONTRACT AWARD IN THREE OF OUR MINISTRIES WHICH YOUR SERVICES MAY BE NEEDED IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE EXERCISE.THE THREE MINISTRIES AND THEIR CONTRACT WORKS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(1) THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
WORK: SUPPLY OF AGRICULTURAL FARM IMPLEMENTS LIKE TRACTORS, DIGGERS, HARVESTERS AND FERTILIZERS.

(2) THE MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES
WORK; TWO YEARS MAINTENANCE OF OUR REFINERIES SITUATED AT PORT-HARCOURT AND KADUNA.

(3) THE MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING
WORK: CONSTRUCTION OF FIVE CENTERS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN FIVE MAJOR CITIES NAMELY: ABUJA, LAGOS, PORT-HARCOURT, KADUNA AND JOS.
THIS IS AN INTRODUCTORY EXPLANATION OF WHAT YOU ARE INVITED TO LOBBY FOR.IF YOU INDICATE INTEREST TO HANDLE ANY OF THESE PROJECT WORK UNDER CONTRACT KINDLY RESPOND AFTER WHICH A FORM WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU TO FILL AS A MARK OF YOUR APPLICATION TO THE SAID WORK.

SINCERELY YOURS
DR STANLEY LAWSON.

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