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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: "Young Odede" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 00:56:39 +0000
Subject: Verification Panel



I am MR YOUNG ODEDE Chairman of Contract Award and Verification Panel setup
by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I got your contact
from the Nigeria Chamber of Commerce And Industries,and after thorough
enquiries and deliberations,I and my colleagues decided to contact you for a
very confidential business transaction of mutual benefit. During our
verification exercise, we came across an over-invoiced contract(Contract No:
NNPC/PED/1473/01). This contract was awarded in July,2001and completed in
August, 2002 and the original contractor has since been paid his contract
sum leaving the over-invoiced sum of US$5.5m( Five Million,Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) This amount have been left floating in our
account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, until our recent discovery.

My colleagues and I have decided to seek for the assistance of a reliable
foreign partner into whose account the fund will be transferred into for our
own use. If this proposal is acceptable to you, a Deed of Transfer of the
above contract will be obtained on your behalf, to empower you as the legal
beneficiary of the contract and the sum to be transferred. All necessary and
relevant documents will be procured for the release and transfer of the fund
into your nominated account. An application for foreign exchange allocation
will be made on your behalf from my office to the federal ministry of
finance (FMF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) for the subsequent
release and transfer of the fund into your nominated account. Be informed
that we are working in collaboration with top officials of the federal
ministry of finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)who will assist us
in the transfer of the fund. With your cooperation the success of this
transaction is guaranteed.

We have agreed to compensate you with 25% of the total sum and , 70% will
befor me and my colleagues here ,while the remaining 5%have been mapped-out
for miscellaneous expensesthat might be incurred by both parties during the
course of thistransaction. Allthings being equal, this transaction will be
concluded within 14working days upon the day of receipt of your response.You
are required to fax us your nominated bank account details and your direct
telephone and fax numbers. Please treat this transaction with top priority
and remember to keep it as confidential as possible As soon as we receive
your response, more details about how to proceed will be given to you. We
await your prompt response.

Best Regards,
Mr. Young Odede
Chairman,Contract Award & Verification Panel

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