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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: "Ochendo Martins" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:52:31 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal

From The Desk Of
Mr.Ochendo Martins
N.D.D.C.Head Quarters


Attn:The Managing Director/Ceo

I am the Chief Accountant of the Newly Constituted N.D.D.C (Niger Delta
Development Commission)

This commission was reconstituted in the year 2004 by the Federal Government
of Nigeria as a result of consistent Environmental Neglect agitated by the
Oil and Minerals Producing States.

This commission received a budgetary allocation of US$2.250 Billion for
Environmental Maintenance/Management of Oil producing states for the
2006/2007 Fiscal Year.

In view of the present political situation in our country, I have agreed
with my colleagues to withdraw the sum of US$35 Million (Thirty-five Million
U. S. Dollars) as an Over-Invoice of a contract we awarded for the
Environmental Maintenance.

All modalities to ensure a hitch-free transfer of this fund into your
account through the officials of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal
Ministry of Finance have been properly worked out.Note: There is no risks or
dangers involved.

N/B: I have agreed with my colleagues that after the business, you should
keep 30% of the total fund, myself and my colleagues will take 65% while the
remaining 5% is mapped out to cover the international and local expenses
that might be incurred by both parties in the course of this transaction.

If this proposal interest you of which I hope it would, please forward to me
immediately the followings to the email address+ ( )

1. Full company's Name and Address
2. Private telephone and fax numbers
3. Yours full bank name and address
4. Bank account number, account name, telephone and fax numbers

As soon as we receive the above informations from you,we shall immediately
file up applications for approvals and payment following.

NOTE: You must maintain the topmost confidentiality of this transaction
because we are top civil servants who would not joke with our reputation.


Mr.Ochendo Martins
Private Email:-

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