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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: "bala bello" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 19:54:06 -0800




First, I must solicit your trust and strictest confidence in this transaction,this
is by virtue of it's nature as been utterly confidential and top secret.
You were introduced to us by a mutual aquaintance from the Nigerian Chamber
of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division. He does not
know of the nature of what I am about to introduce to you. He only knows
that I have some
funds to invest abroad, hence he recommended you. I am the Director of Engineering
& project
of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(N.N.P.C) in Lagos, Nigeria.
I am seeking your
assistance to enable me transfer the sum of US$25,400,000.00 into your
private or company
account for mutual benefits.

This money came about as a result of a contract for the supply of two thousand,
three hundred and sixty-seven computer unit, installation and the Y2K compliance
turn-around maintenance executed on behalf of my Ministry(N.N.P.C), in the
year 1999. This contract was officially assigned to be awarded and executed
by two foreign contractors at the tune of US$105,500,000.00, but in the
course of my negotiation, I bargained with only one foreign contractor,
a Bulgarian firm which now executed the contract at the cost ofUS$80,100,000.00.
Thus leaving the remaining US$25.4M floating in the escrow account of the
Federal Ministry of Finance (F.M.F.) to the benefits of we the three members
of the contract award panel unknown to the contractor and any other person
in my Ministry.

This contract has been satisfactorily executed, inspected and commissioned,
and the Bulgarian firm is presently securing his payment from my Ministry.
It is however to this effect that I seek your maximum assistance and approval
to present your company name alongside with the Bulgarian contractor as
the second foreign contractor to enable me transfer the difference(US$25.4M)
into your account for further investment depending on your advice.

On actualization of the transaction,the funds will be shared thus:
1. 20% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the
2.10% for reimbursement to both parties for incidental expenses that may
be incurred in the course of the transaction for insurance, phone bills,
documentation etc.
3.70% to we three members of the Contract Award Panel.

All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for the smooth
actualization of the transaction
within fourteen working days of commencement after receipt of the following
information by fax/E-mail:
Your company?s Name.Address. Phone/Fax number and Activities. Also, if we
opt for electronic transfer only other than payment by solar bank draft
or cash call programme,then your bank account particulars.

The above information will enable me make the application and lodge claims
to the concerned
Ministries in favour of your company or name and it is pertinent to state
here that this deal is entirely based on trust and the fear of God. If you
are able to handle, feel free to reach me by fax or on phone number via
my Tele|Fax:234-802-306-5517. which is my confidential line as that will
enable you to reach my office direct.
Also furnish me with your own phone and fax numbers as I will be sending
you all necessary registration documents
immediately I receive your positive response.
Thanks in anticipation for your positive response.

Yours faithfully.

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