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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: "CHIEF DR NWABARA OIPA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 08:24:04 +0545

Attention: President/CEO

I have received vital and useful information about
you, I am satisfied with such useful information's.
Very pleased to be in contact with you, for the
possibility of accepting my urgent proposal to you.

Please note that I don't have anything to hide for
you, irrespective that I have not seen you in person
but because of the source I got your particulars, I
confidently believed that you will never betray the
confidence I have reposed in you.

I am convinced that Nigerian Chamber of Commerce will
never give me any contact that is not reliable.
Please note that I did not disclose this transaction
to anybody accept you and my two committee members
hence you should Keep this transaction secretly to

My name is Chief Nwabara Opia, I am the chairman of
the investigating committee for the Niger Delta Crisis
involving the foreign oil firms {Mobil oil, Elf oil,
AGIP oil,L.N.G},and the Federal Government of Nigeria
on the Delta Region.

Furthermore, by virtue of my position in this
committee,I and my colleagues has been able to
negotiate out for ourselves a total sum of
fifthy-four million United States Dollars,
{$54,000,000}, which we want to transfer into a
reliable/safe account outside Nigeria.

These money accrued as a result of fund allocation
given as compensation inrespect to the damages in the
Niger Delta region, which was caused by Foreign
expatriate working in the communities that was

The communities demanded for compensation to there
farmlands, Which has been ecologically destroyed by
the activities of these expatriate companies.

The Government on its part submitted a bill of
18%support derivation for the Niger delta which
the National assembles passed into law.

The oil companies on their part will compensate the
Communities on an agreed percentage {%}. Which we
negotiated between the oil firms and the community's

Though the payment will be made installmentally
through a period of six months under our supervision.
During the process of negotiation with both parties,
we were able to set aside the sum of fifthy-four
million US Dollars {$54'000'000}, For our own use.

But as you know the civil service rule and regulation
ACT of 2001,prohibits civil servants from having
foreign account,that is why I am soliciting your
assistance to provide for me your account particulars,

Where these money will be transferred quietly without
attracting much tax and can be easily withdrawn
without raising eyebrows.

Besides,if you would want to discuss with me in person
first,then you can arrange to come to Nigeria for face
to face meeting.

If you will play this role, of providing the receiving
account, and at the same time pledge your honesty not
to double cross us at the end of the transaction, we
will be willing to give you only 25% of the total sum
at the successful conclusion of the transfer.

Please do confirm to me via e-mail your acceptance
and particulars of your bank so that I will commence
action and will be keeping you posted on every
development. Please also feel free to ask questions
where necessary for further clarification.

Finally, this transaction is 100% risk free and I am
perfectly in control. With hope my explanation should
be clear to your understanding I look forward to
having profitable business relationship with you.

I wait for your earnest reply. However if you are not
interested for reasons best know to you please
indicate so that we will look for another contact.

Thanks in anticipation

Yours Faithfuly,
Chief Nwabara Opia


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