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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: "Dr Ade Abu" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 01:24:27 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY


The Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) in the

Exploration & Production (E&P) Directorate is the Upstream arm of

that oversees the Federation investments in the Joint Venture

Companies (JVCs), Production Sharing Companies (PSCs) and Services

Contract Companies (SCC).
NAPIMS is, therefore, set up to earn margin arising from investments

in the JVCs, PSCs and SCs with the multinationals and also protect

the nation's strategic interests in the JVCs.
In addition, NAPIMS engages in frontier exploration services in

basins where the multinationals hesitate to venture, like the Chad


Vision: To be a world class oil investment management outfit.
Mission Statement: To optimize the benefits accruing to the

Federation from its investments in the Upstream Sector of the

Petroleum (Oil & Gas) Industry.
Major Strategic Roles of NAPIMS:
To maximize Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and guarantee a higher Margin

(Rate of Return) on Investment, through efficient cost monitoring

reduction mechanisms
To ensure that a reserve base is maintained and reserve addition

targets are attained. These are: 30 billion barrels by year 2002 and

40 billion barrels by year 2010
To ensure increased production capacity from the current 2.5 2n

barrels of oil per day (bopd) to 3 million (bopd) by year 2003 and 4

million bopd by year 2010
To encourage gas utilization and commercialization
To promote local content input in engineering and construction,

supplies and materials utilization through in country technological

To enhance Nigerianization in the industry and facilitate technology

To promote maximum co operation in communities of oil and gas

producing areas as well as ensure that environmental protection dos

and donts as are strictly maintained.

As an executive director of the above named agency I am involved in

the award of major contracts to foreign contractors.
One of the numerous contracts we awarded was to refurbish our

moribund four national refineries. However, they are still not
working up to 100% capacity utilization. This has resulted in serious

crisis in the oil industry and necessitated in the price increases of

peroleum products.
There has been mounting pressure on the Niagerian government to probe

the NNPC and its subsidiaries. As a matter of fact the National

assembly has already started this probe
exercise. To avoid been fingered I am looking for foreign investors I

could front as partner. This investor will assist us invest the sum



Please if interested get back to me by email so that I could discuss

further details and modality of the transaction with you.

I thank you.
Dr. Ade Abu

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