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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: "Fedrick Langlands" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:17:22 -0800

Mr Fedrick Langlands.
H.B Consultant
112, Harrison Brown Avenue,
Lekki Island, Lagos- Nigeria.

Dear Sir,

I am the Consultant to a very senior Accountant with the Nigerian Liquefied
Natural Gas(NLNG) and was mandated by the accountant and his colleagues to
source for a Foreign partner with whom we can execute the transfer of $62.5M
United States Dollars.

This money was accrued from deliberate Over -Invoicing during the payment
process of the contract of building our Third Gas Carrying Ship known as The
Third Train which cost $1Billion United States Dollars and was completed and
handed over by the main contractor T S K J CONSORTIUM to Nigerian Liquefied
Natural Gas (NLNG) on the 7Th November,2002.

The T S K J CONSORTIUM have equally completed and handed over the Fourth and
Fifth Trains at a cost of $1.9 Billion United States Dollars.

The Accountant and his colleagues agreed to following Ratio:

1, 60% will be for the officials (NLNG)

2, 30% will be for you that provide the account and assistance.

3, 10% will be for defrying any expenses incured during the



Also to effect the transfer, they requested the following:

A, Your Full Names, Address, Company Name, Telephone and Fax Numbers

B, Your Bank Account details.

As soon as these requirement are received, the transaction will be properly
documented and sub-sequently transferred into your nominated bank account
pending our arrival for the sharing.

All arrangement and logistics has been duly taken care of, for a successful
and hitch free transfer of the money into your bank account.

Awaiting your urgent response and contact me with

Best Regards,

Mr Fedrick Langlands.

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