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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. Frank Eze" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 03:00:55 +0000
Subject: HELLO

From the desk of: Dr.Frank Eze
Executive Director/Financial Controller
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)
Falomo Office Annex
Lagos Nigeria

Dear Sir,


I am the financial controller of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC). I got your Contact address from an associate working with the
Nigerian Export Promotion Council. I and my colleagues
are ministry officials in charge of offshore remittance in this Corporation
(NNPC). We are seeking your assistance to transfer of Forty Two Million
(US$42,000,000.00) to your account for further private

Please note that the nature of your job/business does not matter and you
will be better informed when I hear from you.This amount accrued from an
over-invoiced contract amount for the construction of an Oil Refinery
Sub-stations in Nigeria in 1995 to expatriate companies.The contract was
originally valued for one Hundred and Twenty Seven Million United States
Dollar US$127,000,000.00) but we manipulated the figure to read one Hundred
and Sixty Nine Million United states Dollars($169,000,000.00) The extra
$42,000,000.00 is what we want to transfer to your account.

This contract has been completely executed and the original contractors have
been paid all their contract bills less this $42,000,000.00 For your
assistance, we have agreed to remunerate you with 30% because it is
impossible for us to claim the amount here in Nigeria without foreign
collaboration. 5% has been mapped out for any miscellaneous expenses
incurred by either party during this business, and 65% for my colleagues and

It may interest you to know that four years ago, a similar transaction was
carried out with one Mr.Patrice Miller, the President of Craine
International Trading Corporation at number 135 East 57th Street, 28th
floor,New York.10022 with Tel: 212-308-7788 and TLX number 6731689. Mr.
Patrice disappeared into thin air when he received the money. His Telephone
and Telex numbers had been reallocated to other users by the time we arrived
New York for our share. This explains exactly why we will make a concrete
agreement between you and us, should you be willing to assist in this deal.

All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent transfer of this money
have been worked out. This transaction is 100% risk free but rquires 100
percent confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity which must not be
allowed to slip out of any careless acts and utterances. We chose you for
this transaction because we believe that good friends can be discovered and
businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can be rest
assured that your security has been considered
before you were contacted.

Upon the reciept of this mail message, feel free to send to me the
following, to enable us start the process:

1. Your full Names and contact address.
2. Your private telephone and fax numbers.

Thanks and best regards in anticipation of your response.

Best Regards,

Dr.Frank Eze

Please note that the nature of your job/business does not matter and you
will be better informed when I hear from you.

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