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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 20:52:08 +0200 (MEST)

Dear Confidant,

Permit me to be modest by pointing out to the notoriety and criminally designed pproaches formulated and which is in use by some unsrupulous individuals in forms of business requests , these they desseminate via the internet to credible and prospective investors across the globe to defraud them. Please be careful.

However, these trends has become worrisome in the face of it's serious challenges posed to as to the sincerity and creditability of those with genuine business opportunities such as this to share with others.

Having noted this, we must bring to your knowledge and appreciation concerning the 6 man inaugurated committee of the federal government that were saddled
with the recommendation for the road construction of the West- Eastern Axis of the Southern Nigeria dual carriage highways.

This job order and completion had since been commissioned by the Honorable minister for works and housing in the capacity of the past President. The breakdown of our recommendations are hereby presented as follows; ( a) The committee's recommendation and approved sum was $666 Million. ( b) The Second and final contract revaluation recommendation by the committee and approval by the federal government was $728 Million. (c) The construction completion and final valued amounted was
$672 Million.Thereby. leaving an excess unclaimed sum of $56 Million.
The exact and the full works completion revaluated approvals by various committees were all on records that the contract job of $672M had long been settled to the original contractor.

Moreover, the committee will be recommending for the release of the unsettled mark up arranged reference -(sub-contractual) which was overinvoiced to the tune of $56 Million and yet unclaimed to your company.

We are assuring you of true legitimacy in all conducts concerning this transaction. There are no risks attached to this. Otherwise, we should say so. Altogether, there are contract documentary proofs that awaits your acceptance to this offer and a 25%
rewarding of the total fund if you assists us moved this fund into your account.
It will be worthy of mention that the civil services code of conducts stipulates that in no circumstance should any official owe or operate a foreign account overseas. hence we needs your assistance fast.

We sincerely look forward to you for a successful business relation such as this and kindly reply through this confidential email address

Yours sincerely,
Engr. Prof. Lubber Ruude.
Senior Structural Engineer.
Ministry of Works & Housings

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