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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:

Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 13:22:48 +0100

From: Dr. prosper Graham
Chief Financial Director
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Lagos - Nigeria



It is my warmest pleasure writing you this confidential business offer irrespective
of the fact that we have not met or done anything that will re-impose absolute
confidence but nevertheless. I am very determined to communicate you with
much beleive that you will give my proposal a consideration. As earlier
stated I am Dr.prosper Graham , a Financial Director working with INEC.My
Agency is in charge of conducting elections in my country Nigeria and by
the virtue of my unique position in office as the Chief Financial Director.I
was elevated by the commission to become the chairman of foreign contract
tender board committee whose responsibility is to award and supervise foreign
contract to ensure it is executed promptly.

Consequently, As the chairman of the tender board committee in collaboration
with two other top committee members over-invoiced certain contract for
the supply of electoral equipments needed for the last general elections
of April 2003. The initial cost of the contract was pegged at US$50 million
based on the feasibility that was done but while submitting my report to
the office of the presidency for final approval, we deliberately inflated
the cost to an excess amount of US$ 30 million making the cost to be US$
80 million.

Right now, the gist of contacting you is we are having difficulties to claim
the extra fund which is US$30milliom due to certain laws enacted by the
government guiding civil service code of conduct Bureau which prohibits
top civil servants working under Government establishment from operating
offshore or foreign Account while in active service and this situation has
kept us in a fix to openly
come forward to claim the outstanding balance mentioned,hence after series
of private meetings we decided to make contact in order to get a reliable
foreign partner whom we will forward his or her credentials to claim the
fund based on mutual trust and agreement.

In a nutshell, we need your assistance and support to claim this fund so
that once the funds is claimed, we will use it for investment at the later
convenient time, we will come over to your country after the funds must
have been transferred to meet you and collect our own percentage while you
will keep the rest as yours.For your support and total dedication to realize
the objectives
of this operation, you shall be entitled to 20% of the sum total while 80%
of the fund belongs to the three officials involved in the deal.

Note, you are vividly assured that you will not be subjected to any kind
of risk for your support and involvement in this venture because we have
piloted a good strategy to ensure the operations goes smoothly of which
we have targeted two weeks duration to ccomplished our Aim and should you
find interest in this confidential transaction please let me have your response
as quickly as possible and indicate your phone number to call you for a
brief discussion.

Kindly treat this matter Absolutely confidential because the officials involved
are still in service and some of us intend to resign our appointment immediately
the transaction is finalized. I look forward to hearing positively from
you while further details will be given as soon as I get your response.please
you may reply through my alternative email address

Best Regards
prosper Graham

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